Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine region of Mendoza, Argentina, and even as a kid he was passionate about storytelling, spending every house-chores-earned peso at the used books store. He dreamed of traveling the world like his literary heroes, a dream that became true when he was twelve and his family relocated to Brazil.

After graduating from Journalism school, he pursued a career in...
Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine region of Mendoza, Argentina, and even as a kid he was passionate about storytelling, spending every house-chores-earned peso at the used books store. He dreamed of traveling the world like his literary heroes, a dream that became true when he was twelve and his family relocated to Brazil.

After graduating from Journalism school, he pursued a career in marketing, but the child reader in him kept pushing him to tell stories, and he was awarded a fellowship at the Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing MFA program. Moving countries for the second time, and graduating with honors, Francisco is now pursuing a cross-medium writing career, and his work has been developed or presented at The Lark, The New Group, the MacDowell Colony, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Northern Stage, among others. His scripts include stage plays Machine Learning (The Lark's Playwrights Week; Yale Drama Series Runner Up; San Diego Rep Latinx Festival; Northern Stage's New Works Now; Winner of the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards; Yale Drama Series Runner Up; Finalist, Goldberg Prize; Semifinalist, Barrington Stage’s Burman New Play Award), Tooth for Tooth (Finalist, Sundance Theater Lab; Finalist, Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship; Semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), and Patriarch (Great Plains Theatre Conference; Semifinalist, 2019 Headwaters New Play Festival); TV pilot Land Most Loved (Finalist, Sundance Lab; Winner, Ivy Film Festival); and podcast Hairy Legs Hannah's Feminist Quarter-Hour (official selection, Austin Film Festival), which he co-wrote and directed after a successful Kickstarter campaign. notrealmendoza.com

Plays

  • Machine Learning
    When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge dreams up a nursing app to manage the disease in his stead. As the machine's capabilities grow, however, the possibility of leaving it in charge of the treatment becomes more real, forcing Jorge to reckon with his responsibilities as a son and as a creator. Dealing with issues of immigration, legacy, and life...
    When his estranged, alcoholic father is diagnosed with liver cancer, computer scientist Jorge dreams up a nursing app to manage the disease in his stead. As the machine's capabilities grow, however, the possibility of leaving it in charge of the treatment becomes more real, forcing Jorge to reckon with his responsibilities as a son and as a creator. Dealing with issues of immigration, legacy, and life dreams, MACHINE LEARNING explores what it means to be children - and what it means to be parents.
  • Tooth for Tooth
    Inés, a librarian living in 1970s Buenos Aires, during the dark period of Argentina's "Dirty War," grieves the death of her daughter at the hands of the left-wing guerrilla, but is forced to reconsider her loyalty to the dictatorship (and her military husband) when a friend goes missing, and she begins to fear the tales of abduction and torture the government insists on denying may be all too real.
  • Patriarch
    It's 1962, and the Pope is convening the Second Vatican Council, calling on bishops from all around the globe to help build a bridge between the Church and the modern world. Thousands of miles away, in Brooklyn, a priest is also summoning his family to gather in his father's house, to say goodbye before leaving for the Council. The meeting reopens old wounds, and it's not long before the Devil...
    It's 1962, and the Pope is convening the Second Vatican Council, calling on bishops from all around the globe to help build a bridge between the Church and the modern world. Thousands of miles away, in Brooklyn, a priest is also summoning his family to gather in his father's house, to say goodbye before leaving for the Council. The meeting reopens old wounds, and it's not long before the Devil enters the house through its cracks.
  • Piggyback
    Why is this book club meeting different from every other book club meeting? Because it's the first in-person one after a year of pandemic. Because for the first time, the group is discussing a book written by one of their own. Because one of the members is bringing a mysterious date who's not shy about questioning the club's rules. Or maybe because some weird noises are coming from inside the...
    Why is this book club meeting different from every other book club meeting? Because it's the first in-person one after a year of pandemic. Because for the first time, the group is discussing a book written by one of their own. Because one of the members is bringing a mysterious date who's not shy about questioning the club's rules. Or maybe because some weird noises are coming from inside the walls, and it may or may not be squirrels nesting in there.
  • Executor
    The former Archbishop of Newark dies in retirement, and his nephew, who hadn't spoken to him in years and barely made it in time to say goodbye, is made executor of the will. But what begins as a simple division of assets soon turns into a silent war between interested parties, as the executor slowly learns that his uncle's legacy reaches far beyond his estate, unearthing an inheritance of trauma that...
    The former Archbishop of Newark dies in retirement, and his nephew, who hadn't spoken to him in years and barely made it in time to say goodbye, is made executor of the will. But what begins as a simple division of assets soon turns into a silent war between interested parties, as the executor slowly learns that his uncle's legacy reaches far beyond his estate, unearthing an inheritance of trauma that may be beyond his ability to handle.
  • KinkMates
    Welcome to KinkMates! By choosing our network, you’ve entered a highly selected, thoroughly vetted pool of people like you, who enjoy pushing boundaries and following desires to their most pleasurable expression. We are committed to finding you the most compatible mate (or mates) in this journey, via a rigorous process that allows us to understand your preferences to the most granular level, while guaranteeing...
    Welcome to KinkMates! By choosing our network, you’ve entered a highly selected, thoroughly vetted pool of people like you, who enjoy pushing boundaries and following desires to their most pleasurable expression. We are committed to finding you the most compatible mate (or mates) in this journey, via a rigorous process that allows us to understand your preferences to the most granular level, while guaranteeing your safety and privacy every step of the way*. KinkMates is a safe space, with no place for shame or judgement, so relax, leave any preconceptions behind, and prepare for a one-of-a-kind experience. (*Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before you start).
  • My Best Friend's Wedding (To a Lesbian, with a Brownstone and a French Bulldog)
    Marriage is a patriarchal institution and love was invented by advertisers to sell chocolate, yet millennial best friends Julián and Mika are still looking for The One. But Julián keeps getting ghosted when people find out he's asexual and Mika keeps falling in love with unavailable girls that break their heart - so why not try being in an open relationship that can fulfill their romantic needs? In this...
    Marriage is a patriarchal institution and love was invented by advertisers to sell chocolate, yet millennial best friends Julián and Mika are still looking for The One. But Julián keeps getting ghosted when people find out he's asexual and Mika keeps falling in love with unavailable girls that break their heart - so why not try being in an open relationship that can fulfill their romantic needs? In this parody of the classic 90's rom-com, a group of friends explores what love can look like in 2019 and how far we've come (or haven't) from outdated relationship tropes.