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The Mortuary & Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Present:

This reading is presented as part of ALAP’s New Works Lab.

2/17/19, 1:30pm, FREE

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Carolina Juarez, CJ, is a fifteen year old forced to live with her estranged aunt and Deaf grandmother when her mom overdoses again. She has been disconnected from her Latino heritage and is not interested in getting to know her family including her grandmother who is Deaf and has dementia. During a teenage tantrum, she destroys her grandmother’s childhood toy and the family’s comadre conjures up a recipe to intervene as her personal Nahual. Two Aztec deities appear to her to give her a chance to change her life before is too late.

CJ is presented in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Mercedes Floresislas received her MFA from UCR. She’s a License Clinical Social Worker and the proud mother of a Deaf son. She writes Deaf drama to create opportunities for Deaf actors and to spread awareness of Deaf related issues while highlighting American Sign Language. Floresislas’ first play, Tamales De Puerco, debuted in 2008 at CASA 0101 introducing Deaf Latino characters in American Theater. Floresislas’ first MFA play, Los Moreno, is the recipient of the 2016 Kennedy Center American Theater Festival Latinidad Award and selected reading for Teatro Vivo, Nuestras Voces and one of the 50 Playwrights Project Best Unproduced Latinx plays 2017. CJ, a Trilingual Play is the recipient of the KCATF 2018 Jean Kennedy Second Place Award. Floresislas is a native of Mexico.

The New Works Lab is one of ALAP's longest running programs. Its mission is to create opportunities for playwrights to receive developmental readings of their new plays with L.A.’s best theatre companies. The primary goal of the Lab is to help the playwright develop his or her work.