ABOUT THIS SHOW

At its heart, this is a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student, as she 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.

In The New York Times best-selling novel, author 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. 

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.

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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 recieves a study guide from Steppenwolf Education. Explore the study guide from the 2019/20 production.

Watch & Listen

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. 

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Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

Tour Sponsors

LEAD TOUR Sponsor

Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts

 

TOUR Sponsor

Allstate

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. 

Members get more. Seriously.

Guaranteed seats, great savings and insider access. Lock in your seats to this production TODAY before it goes on sale by becoming a Classic Member

School Performances

Interested in bringing your students to a school performance? Visit our Steppenwolf for Young Adults page and fill out the interest survey to get more information as it becomes available.

Special Performances

Open-captioned (public):
Thursday, April 1 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 17 at 3pm

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, April 25 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, May 2 at 3pm

Sponsors

City Connections Partner