CJ An Aspanglish Play Features ASL Interpretation
CJ An Aspanglish Play written by Mercedes Floresislas, directed by Ana Maria Campoy, with director of ASL Kai Winchester, comes from Seattle’s Pork Filled Productions and will be available as video on demand, starting July 31. Weaving English, Spanish and American Sign Language, CJ zooms from grounded reality to mythological realms in a tale enjoyable for hearing and deaf audiences alike.
When CJ’s mom overdoses, the fifteen year-old must go live with her estranged aunt and Deaf grandmother who also struggles with dementia. She lashes out at her grandmother and as a consequence three Aztec deities take her on a three night journey through Mictlan so she might recover her history and save her soul.
Tickets are available from Ticketleap, at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/cj-an-aspanglish-stry/ , on a Name Your Price basis (starting at $5 per household), and will be available until August 14. The play will have ASL interpretation.
This reading is the first step for CJ as Ophelia’s Jump Theatre in Claremont, CA will then take the play to a full production in November of 2021. That will mark the sixth of seven shows since 2017 that Pork Filled has developed into full production out of its Unleashed play development program for POC playwrights.
The cast for CJ includes Deaf actors Stephanie Nogueras, Eduardo Ayala, Michael Martinez-Islas, and Jake Merz; and hearing actors Mia Floresislas-Medina, Estefania Garcia, Beatriz Villegas, Michael D. Blum, Khalif J. Gillett, Maria Teresa Herrara Bustamente.
Grecia Leal Pardo is stage manager. Melanie Queponds is dramaturg. Melissa Marquez is lighting designer.
CJ An Aspanglish Play is suitable for ages 13 and up. Plays about family intergenerational trauma have a healing effect, however, healing has a time and a place. Pork Filled respectfully asks that you honor your healing journey in choosing what is best for you.
For more information, contact PFP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The oldest Asian American theatre group in the Pacific Northwest, Pork Filled Productions centers Asian American and POC artists to imagine fantastical, inclusive and FUN universes. Through the genres of science fiction, noir, fantasy, steampunk and more, we envision a bright universe informed by diverse experiences and perspectives, populated by larger than life characters, where everyone’s story can be told. PFP’s season is supported by 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Pork Filled Productions is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.
CJ An Aspanglish Play