Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza

Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine regions of Argentina and was an avid reader since childhood, spending every house-chore-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...
Francisco Mendoza was born in the wine regions of Argentina and was an avid reader since childhood, spending every house-chore-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 go after his storytelling passion, 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, and Northern Stage, among others. His scripts include stage plays MACHINE LEARNING (Presentation, The Lark's Playwrights Week; Finalist, Goldberg Prize; Shortlist, Darmouth's Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards; 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 (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. MFA - Tisch School of the Arts. 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 discord (or...
    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 discord (or possibly the Devil) enters the house through the cracks.
  • 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.