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NECC Top Notch Players to Present Staged Readings of “Real Women Have Curves” in Haverhill and Lawrence

Submitted by on September 10, 2014 – 7:55 pm
From the left to right NECC student actors Erika Tejada, Kiara Pichardo, and Stephanie Bisono of Lawrence.

NECC student actors Erika Tejada, Kiara Pichardo, and Stephanie Bisono (left to right), all of Lawrence, will perform in “Real Women Have Curves”.

Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players will perform staged readings of Josefina López’s play “Real Women Have Curves,” directed by Professor Jim Murphy.

Free and open to the public, the readings will take place Friday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence, and Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

Written in 1996, “Real Women Have Curves” is the story of five Mexican-American women working in a sewing factory in East Los Angeles in 1987. It explores gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience.  López was also the co-screenwriter of the movie version of her play which won the “Audience Award” and “Special Jury Award for Acting” at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

NECC Top Notch Players performing in the staged reading include:


Lissangy Rodriguez


Kiara Pichardo

Stephanie Bisono

Jouel Gomez

Erika Tejeda

North Andover

Jasmine Gordon

For more information, contact NECC Professor Susan Sanders, or 978 556-3374.

The Top Notch Players is NECC’s theater company. Auditions and all positions in the company are open to all NECC students. The Top Notch Players produce three plays a year, ranging from Shakespeare and musicals to farces and contemporary dramas.

NECC offers an associate degree in liberal arts: theater option which provides students with the opportunity to take courses in acting, directing, improvisation, children’s theater or earn credits for working on college productions in stage management and technical theater.