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Don't eat the mangos

The resting PLace

Written by Ashlin Halfnight
Directed by Jessica Holt

World premiere


The Resting Place is a provocative and intense look at an American Family in a cloudburst of crisis—filled with raw humor, piercing darkness and fierce love. Ashlin Halfnight (Magic Virgin Play Festival 2017) addresses familial obligation, guilt, our own complacency and culpability in wrongdoing and asks, how do we reconcile our love for someone with the knowledge of their horrifying transgression?

meet the playwright

Ashlin Halfnight

Ashlin Halfnight is currently a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show, BLOODLINE. His feature films ASTRAEA and DIVING NORMAL can be found on VOD, and his mockumentary feature MAYBE THERE'S A TREE (starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton) is currently in post-production. His teen thriller SURVIVAL BOX is in pre-production, scheduled to shoot in July, 2017 in Toronto. His plays have been performed across North America and Europe and include ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, LAWS OF MOTION, and GOD'S WAITING ROOM. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, in Budapest. Ashlin holds an honors BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.

don't eat the mangos

Written by Ricardo Pérez González
Directed by David Mendizábal


The Cast

David Mendizábal (Director)

  David (daveed) Mendizábal is an NYC based director, designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the
Obie Award winning The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project.
David attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at Playwrights Horizon's Theater School and has directed and developed work with companies including Atlantic Theater Company, The Public Theater, Cherry Lane, INTAR, Sundance Theater Lab, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company, American Conservatory Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and The Drama League. David was a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, where he served as the
Artistic Associate for the Atlantic Theater Company from 2017 - 2018. He is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee. He is a member of the 2017 artEquity Facilitator Training cohort. Alumnus of The Drama League Director's Project, LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble, NALAC Leadership Institute, and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He is the co-creator of el GALLO with designer Darrin George, has designed costumes for Bebe Zahara Benet (Season 1 Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race), and was the Assistant Costume Designer for the Tony winning Peter and the Starcatcher and
HAIR Broadway Revival.

World Premiere
FEB 26-March 22, 2020

Run Time: TBD

Laney College performance
March 21st at 2:30pm

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Three grown sisters.  An Island full of secrets.

Just outside of San Juan, three sisters take turns caring for their ailing Papa.  As a hurricane wreaks havoc, secrets are spilled and ugly truths emerge. Confronting their legacy, the sisters wrestle with what it means to stay true to self, familia, homeland and…how to best seek their revenge.

A wickedly funny tragedy featuring Bay Area luminary Wilma Bonet.



Ricardo Pérez González

Ricardo splits his writing time between his stoop garden in NYC and his window garden in LA. His first play, the story of the WWI Christmas Truce In Fields Where They Lay (dir. Brad Raimondo) was hailed by the NY Times as “gripping” and “moving drama.” Since that debut, Sundance Institute selected Ricardo for their Inaugural Writer’s Intensive and his Alan Turing Biopic, The Tender Peel, won him an Alfred P. Sloan Grant. He is also a new member of the Emerging Writer's Group at the Public Theater and recipient of two grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

After a workshop at the Public, On the Grounds of Belonging, his play about racially segregated gay bars in 1950s Houston, Texas, will have its World Premiere at Long Wharf Theatre this season, previews starting October 3rd. It's the first in a trilogy that follows a pair of lovers, one black and one white, from the 1950s to the present day.  

Writing credits include the drag ball musical Neon Baby (book writer/co-lyricist, Pregones 2013), Inside Out (commissioned by Pregones to address anti-gay bullying), Ashé, his Puerto Rican style two brothers myth (UP Theater, 2013; Repertorio, 2016; Labyrinth, 2017), his transgender family drama La casa de Ocaso (Asunción Playwriting Competition, 2010), his BDSM drama R.A.C.K., and his short film Losses and Gains about gay male body image. Works in progress include his comedic play about cultural scapegoating, Name & Blame, Inc., and his play about the cutthroat world of women in academia,
The Judgment of Athena.    

Upcoming projects include a holiday remount of In Fields Where They Lay, and continued work on The Belonging Trilogy.

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