by: Boni B. Alvarez
directed by: Jon Lawrence Rivera


A Filipino-American college student named Ruby is perfectly at ease with her rotund body.  After all, she has surrounded herself with three friends who are like-minded and like-bodied.  Her hot new African-American boyfriend worships her. But at home, Ruby’s mother  Edwina (a hopeful beauty pageant contestant in her youth) is obsessed about body image.  So much so, that Ruby’s sister Jemmalyn, who looks more like a boy, has been pushed by her mother to compete in the Miss Sunnyvale Beauty Contest.  Because in Edwina’s eyes a thin daughter who resembles a boy is far better than a beautiful daughter who is rotund.

  • "written with unflinching honesty by Boni B. Alvarez and snappily directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera." Backstage
  • starring: Robert Almodovar, Regan Carrington, Kacy-Earl David, Alison De La Cruz, Fran de Leon, Mark Doerr, Angel Star Felix, Katherine Lee, Marc Pelina and Ellen D. Williams
  • scenic designer: Miguel Montalvo
  • lighting designer: Adam Blumenthal
  • sound designer: Bob Blackburn
  • costume designer: Mylette Nora
  • casting director: Raul Clayton Staggs
  • stage manager: Jaclyn Kalkhurst
  • producer: Diane Levine

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