White Rose Miami Brings "Soul Searching" Performance to PAX
|Melissa Almaguer and Ivan Lopez of White Rose Miami|
Melissa Almaguer and Ivan Lopez are the two born-and-bred Miami natives and thespians who created the "theater company," though they resort to using that moniker only for lack of a better term. "We tell stories in whatever form fits best," explained Almaguer.
Both just a hair past thirty years old, the two met as undergraduates in the theater program at Florida International University. Post-graduation, they went their separate ways; Almaguer was hired by the PlayGround Theatre in Miami Shores (now the Miami Theater Center) and later worked with The JQ Studio, while Lopez moved to Denver, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in theater from the National Theatre Conservatory before pursuing acting work in New York City. But Lopez, who, prior to his post-graduate studies had never lived outside of Miami, decided two years ago to return to the motherland where he and Almaguer wasted no time in joining creative forces again. (No, they're not dating. And yes, we were rude enough to ask. "We're more like brother and sister, actually," Lopez said.)
|Performers from White Rose Miami|
Lopez echoed her sentiments. "I was interested in telling stories that I wanted to tell, and when that became apparent, I remembered doing our own shows at FIU. And I started feeling like it would be nice to come back home and tell stories down here," he said.
They named their theater company "White Rose" after a poem named Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca by Cuban poet Jose Marti, which in essence is about giving generously to both friends and foes. "Like the poem, we're about bringing unity to everyone, regardless of where they're coming from. We're about celebrating the human spirit," said Almaguer.