I can't even begin to describe how much this show means to me. I am the daughter of two Brazilian immigrants and seeing the struggle and pain first hand and now up on stage has been truly eye opening. My parents have taught me to fight and be like the lioness that Beatriz and Olivia are. Growing up as a first gen American has taught me more about myself than I could ever put into words. My culture is what makes me who I am. Where I’m from is my identity and what I’m proud of. Brazilians talk loud, we dance until our feet hurt, we are so affectionate it shocks a foreigner, but most importantly, we are proud. Proud of who we are and where we come from. Our stories and our experiences. I am the daughter of two immigrants now soon to be American citizens. And with this, I encourage anyone reading this too take who they are, where they come from, and what makes them them into account. Your identity is what makes you special, it's what makes you, you. I see myself in Olivia and I see my parents in Beatriz. Life fights for life in ways no one could ever imagine. We are all fighters and lionesses with our own beautiful stories to tell that deserve to be told.