"Live Big Girl" is a Poetic play about 3 women and their different and not so different experiences of living in a body that is not celebrated.
There is root deep digging towards self- awareness, Self- acceptance, and self-love.
Through poetry, in movement and in stillness,
offering a prescription for healing, in the taking back of their bodies from the mouths of critics.
Fierceness comes when truths are shared.
Live Big Girl!
This is a review from a past audience member:
"It began as an idea, 3 poets writing together to take their bodies back from the mouths of critics, that resulted in the creation of ""Live Big Girl", a play reviewed as "Touching unrealistic expectations of society as it relates to everything from fashion , religion , relationships, culture , food and sexuality, telling the stories of our childhood and the process of understanding one's true self identity". "Daso"
About the Artists
Directed by: Peggy Robles Alvarado
Peggy Robles-Alvarado, utilized her affinity for language and developed the talent that eventually earned her several scholarships enabling her to transform her identity from teen mother to the recipient of master’s degrees in elementary and bilingual education.
Not only is she a passionate elementary school educator and writer, she is also a CantoMundo, Academy for Teachers and Home School Fellow as well as a two time International Latino Book Award winner currently pursuing her MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute. She is a 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner and in 2016. She was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, A BCA Arts Fund and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist grant recipient.
Peggy has been published in 92Y’s #wordswelivein, NACLA, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies and The Bronx Memoir Project. She has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Poets and Writers Connecting Cultures Reading and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. Peggy's emphasis on the value of words for healing, transformation, and the fostering of a positive cultural identity have allowed her to continuously create and support literary events through Robleswrites Productions.
Cast- Vanessa Chica
Vanessa Chica is a New York City Educator, Writer and Performance Poet. A lover and supporter of all things creative. She began to share her poetry in 2013, at the Poet's Passage in San Juan Puerto Rico. This frightening yet liberating decision has led to a whirlwind of creative endeavours. Vanessa Chica has featured at various events such as The Smokin Word, Urban Juke Joint, Capicu, Word@4F, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and The Bronx Museum.
She has performed At The National Black theatre in poetic theatrical shows " From the Page to the Stage", "Misconceptions" and Misconceptions too" produced in part by The Sunday Writing Circle/ The Full Circle Ensemble. She was a panelist for " Mujeres at the Mic" Bringing the Nuyorican experience, at The Association of Writers held in Los Angeles (2016) and “Dique Dominicana” (2018).
You can find her words in her poetry book titled "The Girl With The Smile". Vanessa Chica believes there is strength in vulnerability and she is becoming stronger every day.
Visit VanessaChica.com for more information.
Cast- Karina G-Lopez
Karina G-Lopez, is an author, writer, actor, and educator from New York City. She is also a poetry judge, workshop facilitator and marketer as well. She has been writing and performing since a child and obtained her degree in English with a focus on Creative writing and Publishing from City College. She has featured in various venues including: The National Black Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Queens Book Festival, The Bronx Museum, BAAD Theater, Capicu Culture, and CUNY colleges such as York, Hostos and LaGuardia. She is the author of several poetry books and has been published in various magazines, anthologies and websites including: Tribes Magazine, Poetica Magazine, The Abuela Stories Project, New Voices Anthology, The BX Files anthology, SofritoForyourSoul.com, Thelatinoauthor.com and many others. For more information please visit kglopez.com.
Cast- Rebeca Lois Lucret
Rebeca Lois Lucret is a writer, poet, and former contributing writer for Blacktino.net. She has featured at various NYC venues, some of which include the The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Q-Boro Lit Crawl 2016, Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2014, The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series, the Smokin' Word Open Mic series, Great Weather for Media, the Urban Juke Joint, Travesías Urbanas/Urban Crossings Poetry Reading, was a key member of the world fusion band Machete Movement and a featured artist in the Full Circle Ensemble's sold out show "From the Page to the Stage" at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Some of her latest poems can be found in Brilliant Flame! Amiri Baraka:Poems, Plays, Politics for the People, Ty(po-e:tic)us Literary Journal, Centro Voices: Letras, "The BX Files" anthology benefiting El Fogon, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) Lit Journal and The Abuela Stories Project anthology. She is currently working on her memoir, Dandelion Strands.
Darren Dj Paco Cruz is a young dj who began his career in Nuyorican poets cafe and became part of the Mixxy Society Dj lineup. He is the main Dj at Hip Hop Seazon which has special guests from Power 105.1, this is a platform for indie musicians to share their talents and network. He does various charity events as well as private events.