Based on a poem, a Mexican immigrant takes the stage in front of an imaginary audience and explores the different personas she's had to create to be accepted in American society. Through the distinct stereotypes she’s been forced to inhabit, her real self is revealed.

  • Susana Montoya Quinchia
    Vote Calvin, I Like Free S#?+, March 2020, The Right Fit
  • Regina Romero
    Theater: La Sombra de Sofía (Sofía's Shadow), Erial
  • Federico Mallet
    Nice, Timeless, To Have & to Hold, Los Muertos
  • Alexandra Gomez
    Producing Debut
  • Regina Romero
    Key Cast
    Life on a Leash, Mimesis, Love Bite
  • Marcus Dembinski
    Sound Design and Mixing
    A Heist of One's Own, The Best Days of Our Lives
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  • Genres:
    Experimental, Latino, Drama, Poetry
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Susana Montoya Quinchia

Susana Montoya Quinchia born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Chicago. This is her directorial debut. Susana works primarily as an actor, combatant and fight director in NYC. Fight directing credits include Macbeth (Rutgers University), Julius Caesar (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) and Romeo and Juliet (Cold Spring, NY). Regional Theater: The Three Musketeers (Cleveland Playhouse), Julius Caesar (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Ed Tour), The Heart of Robin Hood, The Sea Maid’s Music (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). New York theater credits: Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle (New Ohio Theater), Twelfth Night (Viola, Lady Shakes Theatre Co.), More Than All the World (Theater for the New City), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice; the Playroom Theater). Susana studied drama at the American Music and Dramatics Academy. susiqu.com

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Director Statement

I first came into contact with this piece in March of 2021. It was shared in a writers group as a new work to simply get thoughts on. However, it spoke very directly to my experience as a Latina artist in the US. I felt “called out” for my habitual nature of code switching and identity wanderlust. This was something that I didn’t see in myself until coming across this poem and connecting the parallels in my own life. That day I knew I wanted more people to hear those words, particularly the other latinas in my life, and turn it into a short film. Once it was produced, I showed it to my mother, sister, and aunt. They each had different thoughts on it, due to their own relationship with the roles that they had to inhabit when coming to this country. Funnily enough, after a few weeks, they each approached me separately and expressed that this poem had stuck with them in ways they hadn’t expected. They each revealed a very similar response: even though the specific cultures are different, they felt understood in ways they hadn’t known they needed, just like me. Hopefully this short speaks to more people who might not feel seen or heard.