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Aurora celebrates Latino culture with new play

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Photo: Chris Bartelski Alejandro Gutierrez, Denise Arribas, Blanca Aguero , Alexandros Salazar and Luis Hernandez perform in the Aurora Theatre's all-Spanish show, "Burundanga."

IF YOU GO

• What: “Burundanga”

• When: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, runs through April 28

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $15

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre.com

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ten years ago, the Aurora Theatre formed its Teatro del Sol, which performs all its plays in Spanish. On Thursday, the venue opened its latest show, "Burundanga," as part of its Harvel Lab Series sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College.

The Aurora is proud to continue its tradition of offering Spanish-only plays at its Lawrenceville venue because the Latino culture should be represented in the community.

"Teatro del Sol has become much more important than just producing Spanish plays," said Aurora Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. "These shows bring our community together and humanize our culture in a way that news reports simply do not."

"Burundanga" is a Spanish comedy -- written by Jordi Galceran -- about a poor, pregnant Barcelonan girl named Berta (played by Blanca Aguero) wants to know if her boyfriend Manel (Alexandros Salazar) is actually in love with her.

To find out, her roommate Silvia (Denise Arribas) tracks down Burundanga, a powerful truth serum. Needless to say, things get out of hand and Berta finds out secrets, unfulfilled dreams and a terrorist play to kidnap a powerful businessman.

As a fellow Latino, Rodriguez enjoys putting on these Spanish performances because he appreciates the culture and sense of humor.

"Latinos are a loud, funny, passionate people and the plays we are choosing convey that soul and humor," he said. "Plus for many of our older patrons, it provides a taste of home."

"Burundanga" is performed in Spanish with English subtitles. The play runs through April 28.