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, to be updated for our 2021 remount soon!
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.
Stage Effects Advisory
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter contains herbal cigarettes and the sounds of gunfire.
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Cast & Artists
LEAD TOUR Sponsor
Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts