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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

Another Word for Beauty

July 15 - July 17, 2016

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by José Rivera
Music and Lyrics by Héctor Buitrago
Directed by Steven Cosson

It’s time for the yearly beauty pageant at Colombia’s notorious Buen Pastor prison, when the female inmates don gowns and satin sashes and try to leave their daily suffering behind.  This event is meant to motivate, rehabilitate, and inspire the women, and its impact is more than just skin deep.  Inspired by true stories, this new musical combines a script from the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Motorcycle Diaries and a score by the Grammy winning songwriter of Colombian rock sensation Aterciopelados, in a moving portrait of women who transcend their dire circumstances.