Ensemble dramedy centering around dysfunctional siblings
and their bipolar parent, who has been diagnosed with dementia

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    Screenplay, Television Script
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    United States
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Writer Biography

Tristan Mercado is an avid writer and storyteller. With personal narratives featured on Mamaload, she has performed in storytelling shows like Live Strong, Testify and Listen to Your Mother. Her plays have made it to Best of Week and Best of Fest in Frontera Fest Short Fringe at Austin’s Hyde Park Theatre 6 years in a row.

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Writer Statement

Millions of people caretake for a loved one with dementia related illnesses. The story of Demented highlights how dementia affects a whole family, for better or worse. Semi-autobiographical, it tackles the story of my eccentric Mama, how she lost her mind, and how her dysfunctional children handled it. This is a story for every caretaker that needs to laugh through their tears and know that while the road is hard, you're not alone.