Eva Longoria is a director, producer, actress, and podcast host and she’s continuously dedicating her efforts to amplifying Latinx stories and voices. Her partnership with IHeartMedia’s My Cultura Podcast Network launched earlier this year with “Connections with Eva Longoria” featuring discussions with celebs and industry leaders including showrunner and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett and now her latest podcast, “Sister of the Underground”, is launching at the end of this month dedicated to telling the story of the famed Mirabal Sisters from the Dominican Republic. The series is executive produced by Longoria and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids, Once Upon a Time), who will also voice a character in the eight-part scripted series. The sisters are remembered for their activism in the DR against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo which led to what is believed to be their state-organized assassination which is attributed to Trujillo’s own assassination six months later.
“I’m so excited for listeners to hear the incredible story of the Mirabal sisters in this captivating and immersive format. They are true heroes and their story is an important example of the strong need for all of our community’s stories to be heard, seen, and celebrated. We are proud to have assembled an incredibly talented team of Dominican actors and writers to help tell this story in the most authentic and fresh way possible and to continue giving Latinx stories a platform to shine,” Longoria said in a press release.
The audio drama is lead by a cast of Dominican actors including Judy Reyes (Minerva Mirabal), Celinés Toribio (Dédé Mirabal), Sharlene Taulé (Maria Teresa Mirabal), Akari Endo (Patria Mirabal), Sergio Carlo (Manolo), Hemky Madera as (Trujillo) and Ramirez as Minou Taváres Mirabal (Narrator).
“I am honored to have partnered with Eva Longoria, iHeartMedia and My Cultura Podcast Network in association with School of Humans Audio Productions on the scripted podcast Sisters Of The Underground,” Ramirez said in a press release. “We were given the freedom to bring on a Dominican writer/director Jose Maria Cabral, a Dominican/American co-writer Mary Castellanos and a cast of talented Dominican actors to give listeners the most authentic interpretation of this historical time.”
The podcast is the second of three original shows created by Longoria and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment for the My Cultura Network, as well as the upcoming “Hungry for History,” where Longoria and food historian Maite Gomez-Rejón explore the origins of some of the cuisine and ingredients of Latin America.
“It’s so important to learn about history. To celebrate history. There are so many ingredients from Latin America that changed the world. It gives such a rich story to understand native ingredients and to understand colonialism and the horrors of colonialism,” Gomez-Rejón previously told HipLatina.
The first episode of “Sisters of the Underground” will be available on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms on Wed. August 31.