Mercedes Floresislas

Mercedes Floresislas

Mercedes Floresislas recently graduated from University of California Riverside with an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts. She writes trilingual plays to create opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing actors to spread awareness of Deaf related issues and American Sign Language. Floresislas first MFA play, Los Moreno, is the recipient of the 2016 Kennedy Center American Theater Festival...
Mercedes Floresislas recently graduated from University of California Riverside with an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts. She writes trilingual plays to create opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing actors to spread awareness of Deaf related issues and American Sign Language. Floresislas first MFA play, Los Moreno, is the recipient of the 2016 Kennedy Center American Theater Festival Latinidad Award, the first alternate for the National Partners American Theater Award 2016, it was selected as the 50 Playwrights Project Best Unproduced Latinx plays 2017 and the 2017 Austin Latino Play Festival at Teatro Vivo, and it also was a runner up for Met Life’s 2017 Nuestras Voces competition. Her latest play, CJ, is the recipient of the Jean Kennedy second place prize. Floresislas is a native of Mexico who immigrated to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles at age 15. She was a resident artist at Redlands University for the summer 2018. She is a practicing License Clinical Social Worker who works with severely mentally ill criminal offenders.

Plays

  • The Roommate
    Matt a young man on the spectrum must accept a roommate or he must return to live at home with his parents. He thinks he has found the perfect roommate, a Deaf man whose service dog might as well have been trained in hell.
  • Papi Chulo
    A love triangle between a man, a girl and her Chihuahua comes to end.
  • Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales)
    Tamales De Puerco presents the story of Norma, a young mother who confronts her abusive husband and challenges a country that rejects and oppresses her as an undocumented immigrant. She overcomes the hardships of being Latina, undocumented, and having a Deaf child (Mauricio) without any support from her husband, her mother, and local and state institutions.

    Norma wants to seek help but Reynaldo...
    Tamales De Puerco presents the story of Norma, a young mother who confronts her abusive husband and challenges a country that rejects and oppresses her as an undocumented immigrant. She overcomes the hardships of being Latina, undocumented, and having a Deaf child (Mauricio) without any support from her husband, her mother, and local and state institutions.

    Norma wants to seek help but Reynaldo refuses to believe there is anything wrong with his son. Reynaldo is quite abusive toward Norma and their child and he resorts to violence to cope with the news.

    Norma has had enough abuse and runs away with the baby. Norma pleads with her mother to take them in but she tells her to accept the abuse and go back to her husband. She ends up in a homeless shelter and the next morning she wanders into an AA meeting for deaf participants. There, she witnesses a heart wrenching story of a Deaf man and his relationship to his father.

    Years pass and the baby, Mauricio, is now six years old. Mauricio and his mother now sign fluently with each other and they have formed a new family of sorts, Tana, a street wise corn vendor, Tomas a street musician who wants to conquer Norma’s heart, a tall order since her heart is on getting her green card. Their struggles as street vendors who must evade the police solidify their friendships.
    Karla, an overachiever, Deaf social worker who must also deal with her self imposed limitations, tries to help Mauricio and reluctantly forms a deep connection with Norma and Tana. She also reconsiders her meaning of success.

    When Reynaldo reappears in Norma’s and Mauricio’s life, Norma must reevaluate the price she wants to pay for her green card and her desire for a better life is tested. At the end the problem she must solve is how to get rid of her husband. The solution binds Norma, Tana and Karla into a pact of silence.
  • Los Moreno (The Moreno Family), A Trilingual Play
    Carlos Moreno, a teenage Deaf boy whose mother functions as the family interpreter must make a connection with his non signing father when she is incarcerated. The separation forces Mrs. Moreno to acknowledge that she has handicapped Carlos and prevented Mr. Moreno from bonding with him. Carlos’ loneliness escalates and he turns to alcohol. Mr. Moreno is forced to overcome his pride to reveal the reason he’s...
    Carlos Moreno, a teenage Deaf boy whose mother functions as the family interpreter must make a connection with his non signing father when she is incarcerated. The separation forces Mrs. Moreno to acknowledge that she has handicapped Carlos and prevented Mr. Moreno from bonding with him. Carlos’ loneliness escalates and he turns to alcohol. Mr. Moreno is forced to overcome his pride to reveal the reason he’s been unable to learn sign language so they can build a relationship before it is too late.
  • CJ, A Trilingual Play (An Aspanglish Play)
    Carolina Juarez, CJ, is a fifteen year old forced to live with her estranged aunt and Deaf grandmother when her mom OD’s. CJ is disconnected from her Latino heritage and is not interested in getting to know her family including her Deaf grandmother who 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 CJ’s personal...
    Carolina Juarez, CJ, is a fifteen year old forced to live with her estranged aunt and Deaf grandmother when her mom OD’s. CJ is disconnected from her Latino heritage and is not interested in getting to know her family including her Deaf grandmother who 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 CJ’s personal Nahual. She turns the remnants of the toy into a sinister version of La Mano Peluda, and gets two Aztec deities to take CJ into a journey a la Christmas Carol to give her a chance to change her life before is too late.