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Q & A WITH PANCHA FROM REAL WOMAN HAVE CURVES

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Q: This is your first time acting at The Playhouse, how does it feel?

A: I love it! I am so jazzed! Real Women Have Curves was a very special movie and role for me. I was able to work with the great Lupe Ontiveros and America Ferrera by a talented writer, Josefina Lopez. Being able to work at this historical theater with an amazing assemble of actresses has been a dream come true for me. This is my first professional play and having Seema Sueko directing us with her gentle hand has been a blessing.

Q: Tell us about your journey becoming the voice of Officer Montoya in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

A: “Batman: The Animated Series was cast with real actors and singers, they chose not to use animation actors. I lucked out because Officer Montoya had to be fully bilingual and she needed to have a generic accent, which I could do. I have found that animations fans are the most loyal of fans. They can quote lines, names and dates at the drop of a hat. Officer Montoya has fans all around the world.

Q: What are some things you like to do for fun?

A: I love spending time in my garden, I grew up on on a farm in Nicaragua, Central America, where we grew everything. I have passed the love of nature to my daughter and we have wonderful times planting in our yard.

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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES KENNY ORTEGA AS 2015 DIVERSITY ARTISTIC AWARD HONOREE AT BENEFIT – PasadenaNow.com

 From STAFF REPORTS

Published : Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 1:10 PM

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today that legendary director, choreographer and producer Kenny Ortega will be the 2015 Diversity Award Artistic Honoree, and Abel Ramirez, founder of Pasadena’s El Portal Restaurant and business and cultural leader of the Pasadena community, will be the Community Honoree at the 9th Annual Pasadena Playhouse’s Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising benefit on Sunday, September 13, 2015, in honor of the opening of Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves

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PATRON SPOTLIGHT!

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This week’s Patron Spotlight features Chuck Heinold, who is a Talent Buyer and Producer.

“My wife and I were both blown away by A Night With Janis Joplin. We are both in the music business and probably a bit jaded when it comes to being impressed, but the show is amazing in its portrayal of Janis. Not only is Kacee Clanton vocally and visually stunning as Janis but the band and the three support singers were all equally impressive. I recommend this show to anyone with a heart and soul and a love of American Blues and rock music.”

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KENNY ORTEGA TO RECEIVE DIVERSITY AWARD AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – TheaterMania.com

The award-winning choreographer will be honored at a benefit celebrating the opening of Real Women Have Curves.

Kenny Ortega will receive Pasadena Playhouse's 2015 Diversity Award at its benefit event on September 13.
Kenny Ortega will receive Pasadena Playhouse’s 2015 Diversity Award at its benefit event on September 13.
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Pasadena Playhouse will honor director, choreographer and producer Kenny Ortega with the 2015 Diversity Award as its Artistic Honoree at the ninth annual Pasadena Playhouse’s Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising benefit on Sunday, September 13…

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THE JOURNEY TO NOW / ‘REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES’ AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – PasadenaJournal.com

Josefina López, author of “Real Women Have Curves”, is celebrating the 25th anniversary production at the Pasadena Playhouse. RWHC is her signature play that she wrote at age 19 to share her experience of working together with her mother and sister in a factory where they were exploited by having to meet impossible deadlines with very little pay. She wrote the play as a comedy so that that they could laugh and not feel sorry for themselves. López also wanted to make the story personal and to humanize women—to show another side of an immigrant. She said she was writing alone and realized that once the play went on stage that she was not alone on stage and could watch the evolution as the production got better. Lopez said that different actors contributed lines, jokes and little nuances that strengthened and enhanced the production. The play deals with the oppression of women that is universal across every race and how they become entrapped by letting others define beauty. She cautioned women to refuse to play the game by utilizing surgery to be beautiful. López stated that women already have beauty. In 1990 when RWHC premiered at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, Latinos were ignored. Today in many communities, especially in California, Latinos are the majority population…

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CURTAIN CALL: PLAYWRIGHT JOSEFINA LÓPEZ REVISITS ‘REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES’ ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY – LAMag.com

Curtain Call: Playwright Josefina López Revisits Real Women Have Curves on Its 25th Anniversary

The Boyle Heights-set play is getting a new production at Pasadena Playhouse

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So much has changed since playwright Josefina López first introduced Real Women Have Curves to the world in 1990: immigration is a regular topic of conversation, gentrification has crept into Boyle Heights (the city wherein the play occurs), and women with actual curves are not (as) shunned by the media. But for López, the biggest change has been her personal view of her play. “When I wasn’t at peace with myself, there were certain characters I didn’t love as much,” she says. “Now I love my life and have so much love and compassion for the characters to a different extent. All of these five women are really me.”

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‘REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES’ CAST ANNOUNCED FOR PASADENA PLAYHOUSE RUN – LatinHeat.com

Rea.WomenPasadena, CA — The production of Josefina Lopez’s Real Woman Have Curves have its run from September 8 and run through October 4 at the Pasadena Playhouse under the direction of  Seema Sueko.  The recent cast announcement only fueled the buzz on this audience favorite.  With an all Latina women cast the actress that were selected are Blanca Araceli (FX’s The Bridge), Santana Dempsey (HBO’s The Newsroom), Diana DeLaCruz (ABC Family’s Chasing Life), Cristina Frias (The Motherf*cker with the Hat at South Coast Repretory), and Ingrid Oliu (HBO’s Real Women Have Curves, Stand and Deliver). Real Woman Have Curves begins on…

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WANT TO BRING A GROUP TO SEE REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES?

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We’re so excited about the organizations that are coming to see REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at The Pasadena Playhouse between September 8 – October 4. Many of these groups are coming to The Playhouse for the first time. If you’d like to organize a group of friends to see the show together, contact our Group Sales Associate, Susan Von Tress, at 626-921-1164.
Look who’s coming so far!
Garment Worker Center
Adelante Youth Alliance
National Latina Business Women Association
Vecinos de South Pasadena
Pasadena City College
Latino Heritage
Alhambra Latino Association/ Alhmabra PUSD
CASA 0101
Carmen Gillman Book Club
Beatriz Ochoa & Friends
C.O.P.A. Latinas for Education Scholarship
Antelope Valley College
L.U.R.N.
USC, School of Dramatic Arts
Las Fotos
District 5 Night, Councilmember Victor Gordo
Villa Parke Community Center
 The University of Chicago, Chicago Women’s Alliance
LGBTQ Night @ The Playhouse
Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance
USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise
Miguel Contreras Foundation
UNAM, LA
LA Female Playwrights Initiative
Whittier College
CSULA

‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ ENDS SUNDAY – SierraMadreWeekly.com

August 20th, 2015 by admin

Kaycee Clanton performs at a mini-Woodstock opposite the Playhouse Thursday night. – Photos by Terry Miller

Woodstock Anniversary Party Held Last Weekend

By Terry Miller

 

In conjunction with A Night With Janis Joplin, The Pasadena Playhouse celebrated the anniversary of Janis Joplin’s historic performance at Woodstock on Aug. 16, 1969. Select members of the cast from of A Night With Janis Joplin including Kacee Clanton (Janis) performed a 20-minute outdoor Woodstock concert, singing songs from various sets performed at the Woodstock Festival from Aug. 15-17, 1969. Bands that played the seminal music festival include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Santana, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young…

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PATRON SPOTLIGHT!

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This week’s Patron Spotlight features Lisa Angelo, who flew all the way from Warren, Ohio.
 
“I saw that Mary Bridget Davies was performing at The Pasadena Playhouse so I decided to plan my LA trip around seeing a weekend show. My friend and I were front row and center stage! The stage was so perfectly set up for ‘Janis.’ I obviously knew that Mary Bridget was going to kill it with her performance, but when you added in the other singers, WOW is all I have to say about them! It was a nonstop 2 hour performance, that I could’ve sat thru again and again. Not only can Mary Bridget sing, but that girl can act too! She had us clapping, singing, screaming, crying, dancing, and enjoying every minute of the show.
This was truly a night that I’ll never forget, and I will definitely be visiting The Pasadena Playhouse again in the near future.”
 
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