In-person performances return to nonprofit Tampa Theater

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Powerstories, a nonprofit professional theater in Tampa, has resumed performing shows with live audiences for the first time since the pandemic canceled in-person performances.

The theater kicked off the season with the production of “Real Women Have Curves,” a play written by Josefina Lopez.

“Honestly, it’s been really fantastic, coming back to live theater. Especially seeing the audience reacting so well, it’s been a really good show to start,” said Natalia Cruz De Dios, who plays “Rosali.”

“Real Women Have Curves” is set in an East Los Angeles sewing factory and tells the story of five Latin characters.

“I think it’s great that it’s a comedy, it’s something we need. Especially in these times, we need something to laugh at,” said Lupita Hahn, who plays “Pancha.”

Although the piece aims to make viewers laugh in their seats, it also covers more serious topics.

“We get a lot of women after the shows thanking us for educating them on some topics that maybe they weren’t so used to,” Cruz De Dios said.

Issues of cultural stereotypes are tackled by the five Latin characters, focusing specifically on gender roles and body image.

“It’s also a commentary on ‘what makes a real woman.’ You know, like what? There’s no guidelines, there’s no checklist,” says Hahn.

You can watch “Real Women Have Curves” Thursday through Sunday at the Powerstories Theater. Adult tickets are $25 and $17 for seniors 65 and older, as well as those with military ID or student ID.

The Powerstories Theater also added a new art installation in its lobby to feature Latinx performers, to celebrate the show.

Additional ticket, donation or volunteer information is available on the Powerstories Theater website.

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