From Hollywood To The Great White Way

April Lee Hernandez-Castillo continues to raise awareness about violence within Latino community

By LaresNYC
Published on LatinoLA: October 8, 2009

From Hollywood To The Great White Way

As the fall weather quickly envelopes the busy streets of New York City, April Lee Hernandez-Castillo joins an unbelievable cast of Latina performers to command the streets of the great white way with a national message of unity ÔÇô Domestic Violence Awareness. An important message created around the violence and a proactive approach to help save lives. The Death of a Dream, is an off-Broadway production that offers an intimate look inside the lives of three victims of domestic violence.

Written by domestic violence survivor Nancy Genova and directed by Obie Award Winning Director Frank Perez, who has also produced "El Cano" (Repertorio Espa??ol), focuses on violent relationships and explores reasons why victims remain in their respective relationships. It offers insights into the lives of couples where co-dependency, passion and obsessions overlap. The story centers around three women from different lifestyles and professions who fall victim into various forms of violence at the hands of their partners.

The all women cast, features performances by three exceptional Latino actresses: the popular Rhina Valent?¡n (La Reina), BRIO, HOLA and UAI award winning actress who can now be seen in HBO's award winning short "Betty La Flaca"; talented performer, singer and poet, Caridad De La Luz (La Bruja); and April Lee Hernandez-Castillo, actress, community advocate and motivational speaker who's known for her compelling role as Eva alongside Academy Award winning actress Hillary Swank in the 2007 drama Freedom Writers. "When I was invited to join the cast of The Death of a Dream, I drew an immediate connection to my character Carmen. Domestic Violence is an epidemic that touches the lives of all nationalities, regardless of ages leaving a devastating impact on women, men, and children from every background and circumstance", explained Hernandez-Castillo. April is passionate about her community and when not working on television and film, she is traveling the U.S. serving as a motivational speaker empowering students from "at risk" communities to ivy league settings alike.

According to the NYS Office for The Prevention of Domestic Violence, "Almost 1/3 of female homicide victims in the United States are killed by their intimate partner." Prevention awareness and education efforts not only help raise awareness of the violence, but helps support the rights of all women and girls to live in peace and dignity. "Saving lives should be the immediate goal with changing patterns of behavior as the long term goal," says Nancy Genova, the writer of The Death of a Dream. "I was fortunate enough to break the cycle, survive, and begin a new chapter. Now it's my turn to help others in need."

The first season of The Death of a Dream will be premiering 12 shows at The Roy Arias Theater Center on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue between October 23rd through November 8th. Ticket prices range from $65 to $30, with group discounts of 12 or more persons offered at $25. For information or to purchase tickets, please call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111 or log on to www.lareinadelbarrio.org, www.theatermania.com

About LaresNYC:
Urban Latina that enjoys exploring the duality of bilingual and bicultural Latino life within the United States.
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