ABOUT THIS SHOW
We are thrilled to present a groundbreaking audio adaptation of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. Julia, a Chicago high school student, navigates the 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. Author of the novel Erika L. Sánchez has created an indelible protagonist in student Julia Reyes, who searches for her truest self while navigating the struggles of adolescence—depression, grief, self-doubt—in addition to the anxieties unique to a child of immigrants with a foot in two very different worlds. Julia is torn between a future limited by the same socioeconomic forces that curtail the opportunities open to her parents and her fervent ambitions to seek a more expansive life for herself as a writer.
This story is a timeless reminder that no matter one’s country of origin, no matter what language one speaks, or what status one occupies, we all have dreams.
The New York Times best-selling novel is written in first-person narrative which translates beautifully into the deeply personal, journal-like audio experience. Listeners will be immersed into the main character’s point of view and details of this vibrant world as Julia shares her innermost thoughts, whispering directly into our ears. Through this innovative new format, Julia’s voice can now travel further than ever before and audiences all over the world will be able to experience Julia’s journey of self-discovery for the very first time.
Isaac Gómez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. We are proud to debut this audio adaptation and collaboration between Gómez and co-director ensemble members Sandra Marquez and Audrey Francis with ensemble member Karen Rodriguez returning as Julia. This offering is a special opportunity to share this important and moving story with students around the world.
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The run time of this audio adaptation is approximately 115 minutes.
READY TO REGISTER?
This audio adaptation is available FREE for all educators to share with their students in grades 9 and above, including classroom teachers, youth mentors, leaders of after-school programs for youth, leaders of unschoolers or homeschoolers groups, etc. College groups are welcome! Please click HERE to register.
If you are not a student or educator, we have great news! You can still access the audio adaptation through a Steppenwolf NOW membership. Click HERE to learn more!
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I AM NOT YOUr PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER STUDY GUIDE
Every student who comes to a performance of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter receives a study guide from Steppenwolf Education. You can now explore the fun and interactive study guide (including a reader friendly version) built specifically for our audio adaptation.
Watch & Listen
Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:
- Sexual trauma
- Domestic violence
This play also contains:
Strong language, pot-smoking, the sounds of gunfire and frank conversations about sex.
Cast & Artists
- Author Erika L. Sánchez
- Playwright/Adapter Isaac Gómez
- Co-Director Sandra Marquez
- Co-Director Audrey Francis
- Dramaturg Brenna Barborka
- Artistic Producer Kenya Hall
- Production Manager Claire Haupt
- Casting Director JC Clementz
- Production Stage Manager Michelle Medvin
- Assistant Stage Manager Jacqueline Saldana
Steppenwolf for Young Adults Sponsors
Paul M. Angell Foundation
Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts
Allstate Insurance Company
Andrew and Amy Bluhm
Ann and Richard Carr
The Crown Family
Polk Bros. Foundation
Robert and Louise Sanborn
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Walter E. Heller Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy
The Oppenheimer Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Anne and Don Phillips
Nina B. Winston and Norman V. Kohn
Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.