Friends of ScriptWorks and the newly-formed [email protected]é Artists ATX invite you to join them for a benefit reading of the moving new play ESPERANZA by Rupert Reyes. All proceeds from the night go to benefit your favorite nonprofit, ScriptWorks. There will be a raffle, a silent auction, and delicious food. Seating is limited so get your ticket as soon as you can.
ESPERANZA tells the story of Mercedes Urive who arrives from Mexico like thousands of others, looking for a better life but without proper documentation. She has one advantage in her citizen cousin Carla Delgado, who lives in her own apartment and has steady work. Soon Mercedes finds an ideal job helping at the home of Lillian and Rolando Trujillo, a well-to-do couple with seemingly good intentions.
Life seems to be going perfectly for Mercedes. Perhaps the bliss brought on by this perfection leads to quickly-made decisions. And these decisions create complications which put her and her new child in danger.
Inspired by the separation of children from their families during both Democratic and Republican administrations, Esperanza looks at this crisis from a personal point of view.