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Forces of Nature: Lisa Aquino plays Sofía in EATING BLACKBERRIES

"The air is full of our cries" —Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

As approaching wildfires threaten their California home, a single mother and her teenage son must also confront the man-made obstacles to their future happiness. An American Association of Community Theatres NewPlayFest world premiere, EATING BLACKBERRIES plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from April 12th through April 20th.

Returning to the Jeffers stage at HCT as Sofía, a young mother-to-be caught between her husband and his ex-wife, is Lisa Aquino.

Originally hailing from the Dominican Republic, Aquino is an actress and digital media and communications manager currently based in Lenoir. She enjoys acting, music, ballet, reading, and exploring new places.

Recipient of a 2018 Talento Nacional Award, Aquino made her Hickory Community Theatre debut as an Ensemble member in this season's production of ANASTASIA. Previous theatre credits include ANNIE at Black Box Theatre, PIRATATÁ at Bellas Artes, and LUCINDA PALMARES at Salón de Actos Celina Pellier. She has also appeared in short films, web series and TV commercials.

"It's a big challenge," Aquino says of her character, "but I identify with Sofía in so many things." Aquino is excited to be bringing this new work to life, and is hungry for more acting challenges. That is, when she's not just hungry in general. "I am the actor most likely to be eating backstage."

Performances of EATING BLACKBERRIES are Fridays and Saturdays, April 12th through April 20th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, April 14th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 PM. 

Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available online at, or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.

EATING BLACKBERRIES is rated PG-13 for adult language and situations.

EATING BLACKBERRIES is produced in association with the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Green Park Dentistry. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County and receives additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

(Photo by Eric Seale)

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