I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
AN AUDIO ADAPTATION
Based on the novel by Erika L. Sánchez
Adapted for audio from the stage play by Isaac Gómez
Co-directed by ensemble members Sandra Marquez and Audrey Francis
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez with Charín Álvarez, Eddie Martinez, Peter Moore, Leslie Sophia Perez, Bianca Phipps, Robert Quintanilla and Harrison Weger
Streaming Spring 2021
Run time: 110 minutes
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 director and ensemble member Sandra Marquez 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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CAST & ARTISTS
Author Erika L. Sánchez
Playwright Isaac Gómez
Sound Design Matthew Chapman
Dramaturg Brenna Barborka
Production Manager Claire Haupt
Casting Director JC Clementz, CSA
Production Stage Manager Michelle Medvin*
Assistant Stage Manager Jacqueline Saldana*
Amá Charin Állvarez*
Apá Eddie Martinez*
Mr. Ingman Peter Moore
Lorena Leslie Sophia Perez
Olga Bianca Phipps
Juanga Robert Quintanilla
Julia Karen Rodriguez†*
Connor Harrison Weger
Additional Staff: Joel Moorman (Creative Director), Lowell Thomas (Video Editor), Martha Wegener (Sound Engineer), Matthew Chapman (Music Supervisor), David Chu & Captioning Coalition (Captioning)
The live stage version of “I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER”
was commissioned and its world premiere presented at
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL;
Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director, David Schmitz, Managing Director.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for nonprofit professional theater.
† denotes a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble.
* denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
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Steppenwolf for Young Adults is proud to provide this audio adaptation of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for FREE to all educators and their students in grades 8 and above. Learn more about how to register for this offering.