Honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment, the Imagen Foundation announced the winners of the 24th annual Imagen Awards. At the event held at the Beverly Hilton,"8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It!" was hailed as the Best Live Theatrical Performance.
The theater presentation, a collection of eight monologues based on the real lives of eight Latinas, was presented to sold-out audiences at Casa 0101 Theatre in March. Directed by Emmanuel Deleage and Hector Rodriguez and written by Josefina Lopez, Susan Orosco, Margo De Leon, Laura De Anda, Nancy De Los Santos-Reza, Joanna Diaz, Bel Hernandez-Castillo and Rita Mosqueda Marmolejo, the play celebrates the women's struggles, triumphs and life lessons. The play was restaged for a special performance at the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown Los Angeles on Mother's Day weekend.
"I am so moved and excited that our production won!" Ms. Lopez said. "It took the efforts and love of so many people to make it happen.
"It is heartwarming to see our monologues, our sweat and tears, so well-received," Ms. Orosco said. "Our stories are about all women. This award goes to all women for our courage and our endless love."
Ms. De Leon said that this latest achievement proves what can be accomplished "when Latinas embrace and uplift one another. '8 ways' is a production of love that is teaching people to be innovators of their lives."
In addition to directing six of the pieces, Mr. Deleage also cast the actresses, including Jacqueline Calderon-Guido, Kikey Castillo, Michelle Castillo, Yolie Cortez, Yvonne DeLaRosa, Sophia Santi and Iliana Wrinkle. Ms. Marmolejo performed her own piece.
Plans are in the works for a special run of the theater performance in early 2010 to coincide with the launch of the book, "8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean it!"
For more information about the 8 Ways project, play or upcoming book, visit 8waystosay.com.