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Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe, visits Repertorio Espanol Sunday, June 27 at 2pm

June 24, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Antonio Cruz, Repertorio Español
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Stefania Fernández, Miss Universe, visits Repertorio Español for a performance of the hit comedy “El insólito caso de Mis’ Piña Colada” (The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada).

With only a couple months left in New York before the Miss Universe ceremony on August 23rd in Las Vegas, NV, Stefania fulfills her wish to visit the revered Latino theater company and enjoy this popular comedy.

The visit will take place this Sunday, June 27 at 2:00pm at Repertorio Español, located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York (between Lexington and Third Avenues).

Stefania’s visit to Repertorio Español reflects the ties between the Company and the Miss Universe Organization. In the past, Repertorio has worked with Denise Quiñones, Miss Universe 2001, who has built a sterling acting career with the Company and gone to receive multiple awards by organizations such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), Association of Hispanic Theater Critics (ACE) and an Honorary Theater Grant by the Princess Grace Foundation in 2009.

Directed by René Buch, “The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada” (presented in Spanish with live simultaneous English translation) is one of Puerto Rico’s most popular comedies. The play tells the story of Ofelia, a tireless mother that enrolls her daughter, Loreley, in the “Miss Piña Colada” pageant. Ofelia will do anything to make sure her daughter wins. By the end of the play hilarious events have prevented Loreley to win the contest but by now Ofelia has grander plans: the Miss Universe pageant! The New York press has said the following about the production: “This is one hilarious play, a true romp, completely, from beginning to end.” –; “A savvy, consistently high-energy comic performance by Wanda Arriaga as Ofelia. Gredivel Vásquez as Loreley is hysterically funny!”- The New York Times and “A delightful theatrical experience…directed with flair by René Buch…Robert Weber Federico's over-the-top costumes are infectious!” – Backstage. The play is presented in Spanish with live simultaneous English translation.

On August 23rd, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of approximately 1 billion viewers, Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernández’s life changed forever as she was crowned Miss Universe 2009 from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. The win was a milestone for the Miss Universe Organization as it was the first time that a country has won back-to-back crowns in the pageant’s storied history (following fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza’s victory in 2008).

Hailing from Mérida, Venezuela, 19-year-old Fernández made the untraditional decision to leave home at a very young age to start pursuing her dreams. Fernández’s ambition lies in international relations and affairs, which is a natural precursor for her role as Miss Universe. She is also interested in the importance of arts as a tool for childhood education and free thinking.

The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, Aid For AIDS, God’s Love We Deliver, PSI/YouthAIDS and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today. For more information, visit:

Repertorio Español, now on its 42nd season, was founded in 1968 by Gilberto Zaldívar and René Buch to present the best of Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic-American theatre in distinctive, quality productions, and to bring theatre to a broad audience in New York City and across the country, including seniors, students and Hispanics of all national backgrounds. The organization has been awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New York State Governor's Awards.

Tickets for “The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada” start at $25 and may be reserved online at; by phone 212-225-9999 or in person at Repertorio Español located on 138 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016 between Lexington and Third Avenues (Sun-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm).

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