Dirty Mesas

21 year old Mexican American, Ofie is a new waitress at legendary and famous Italian restaurant, Regazzi’s in San Antonio, Texas. Struggling with identity, mental health, her role within her own family, and with men and women romantically-she is looking for meaning and insight in everything, including within the supernatural and spiritual worlds.
The story is peppered with Spanish (English subtitles) and ‘Spanglish’ dialect throughout.
Her experience living in a somewhat white world as a Mexican American while working alongside first generation Mexican immigrants (who’s struggles are far greater than hers) presents a series of culture wars, all rooted in skin color. She is only two generations away from them, but the disparity between creates both beautiful and frightening relationships. Dirty Mesas (Tables) is a story set in the late 90’s that gives much of the back story and insight into the symbiotic relationship of Whites and Mexicans in South Texas and is one of the driving forces, along with the always heavy gossip/dirt spoken at both the family kitchen table and the restaurant tables.
The style is one that is sometimes surreal, musically led, highly cinematic, and very dramatic, a nod to the old style novellas at times.

  • Project Type:
    Television Script
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dramedy
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Writer Biography

Diana Yzaguirre is a Brooklyn based Writer/Producer who works primarily in branded entertainment. Raised in San Antonio, Texas her foundation is rich with Mexican-Catholic cultura and she is fascinated by magic, folklore and urban legends from her childhood upbringing. Having lived around the globe from Tokyo, Sydney, London and NYC, she is a sometimes a cultural explosion amongst the masses, but she wouldn't change a thing about her story.

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Writer Statement

I enjoy narrative fiction stories with dark humor and layers of nuance that speak to predominantly unseen (minority) women, and have a strong female protagonist and highly feminine male characters. Lynda Barry, David Sedaris, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes are some of my favorites. I have worked as a writer in the advertising industry in some capacity for ten years and it is my dream to transition into a television writer. I grew up on 80’s & 90’s television, and some of my favorites are those that were not politically correct such as All in The Family or The Jeffersons, but adore the cinematic side that television has been able to harness in recent years. It is my hope to be able to share my creative vision through writing for television. HBO's legendary programming are by far my favorite, as they are still stand out stories amongst the masses of TV shows today. My influences in writing this script have been from Six Feet Under and The Sopranos.