ABOUT THIS SHOW

A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.

Isaac Gómez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. We are proud to debut this collaboration between Gómez and director and ensemble member Sandra Marquez, following the success of their critically acclaimed production of La Ruta.

Help us spread the word about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter! Use #mexicandaughterSYA on social media to join the conversation.

All performances of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter are currently sold out. Call Audience Services at 312-335-1650 to learn more about standby tickets and waitlists.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter STUDY GUIDE

Every student who comes to a performance of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter recieves a study guide from Steppenwolf Education. Explore the study guide.

Special events

Special post-show discussion followed by book signing with author Erika L. Sánchez
Sunday, March 1
Immediately following the 3pm performance
FREE with ticket to the performance
Upstairs Theatre/ Upstairs Theatre lobby

Patrons are welcome to bring their own copy of the book or purchase one on site.

Special Storycatchers Theatre post-show performance
Saturday, March 14
Immediately following the 3pm performance
FREE
Upstairs Theatre

A special post-show featuring performers from Illinois Youth Center-Chicago who are part of Storycatchers Theatre Firewriters Ensemble. Singing a stirring and lovely song, “Leaving Zacateca”, one young man examines the clashing cultures of his Aztec history and Chicago gang life.

Spanish Language Captioned Performance
Friday, March 13
7:30PM Performance
Upstairs Theatre

March 13 we will be offering a Spanish Language Captioned performance. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling our box office at (312) 335-1650. We are excited to offer this service for the first time at Steppenwolf — thank you for joining us and for helping us find ways to make the experience a good one. We’d be grateful for all feedback so we can improve upon the service going forward.  

El 13 de marzo estaremos ofreciendo el programa con subtítulos en español. Los boletos pueden ser adquiridos en línea ó llamando nuestra taquilla, al teléfono (312) 335-1650. Estamos entusiasmados de ofrecer este servicio por primera vez en Steppenwolf- Gracias por unirse a nosotros y por ayudarnos a encontrar maneras de hacer de ésta, una buena experiencia. Agradeceríamos su opinión sobre el servicio, para que podamos mejorarlo en el futuro.

Watch & Listen

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual trauma
  • Domestic violence

This play also contains:

Strong language, pot-smoking, the sounds of gunfire and frank conversations about sex.

 

Stage Effects Advisory

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter contains herbal cigarettes and the sounds of gunfire. 

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Tour Sponsors

LEAD TOUR Sponsor

Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts

 

TOUR Sponsor

Allstate

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual trauma
  • Domestic violence

This play also contains:

Strong language, pot-smoking, the sounds of gunfire and frank conversations about sex.

 

Stage Effects Advisory

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter contains herbal cigarettes and the sounds of gunfire. 

School Performances

School performance tickets are available by visiting our Steppenwolf for Young Adults page. Performances Tuesday – Friday at 10am are reserved for school groups only. 

Please note that student matinee's are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact ashrestha@steppenwolf.org to be added to our extensive waitlist. 

RSF Performance

Saturday, March 21
1pm lobby + 3pm curtain

LEARN MORE

Special Performances

ASL interpretation and open-captioned (public):
Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm

ASL interpretation:
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, March 7 at 3pm

Sponsors

City Connections Partner