[theatre] Don’t Eat the Mangos // SF

DON’T EAT THE MANGOS is a wickedly funny drama. Hear director interview below!

World Premiere
FEB 26-March 22, 2020.
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard, Building D | San Francisco.

Written by Ricardo Pérez González [interview below], Directed by David Mendizábal, 90 minutes.


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.

“DON’T EAT THE MANGOS is a very personal play,” said playwright Ricardo Pérez González, “which is why I’m proud to have it premiering under the loving ministrations of Loretta Greco and David Mendizábal. The trauma these sisters endure is one that has reverberated through generations in my family and countless others. While there is heartbreak in MANGOS, there is also healing, and Magic is the perfect crucible for that transformation to take place. It’s also deeply meaningful to share this play with the San Francisco community, where I spent so much of my youth.”‍

A wickedly funny tragedy featuring Yetta Gottesman*, Marilet Martinez*, Elena Ester, Wilma Bonet* and Julian Lopez-Morillas*.


The interview:




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The writer:

Ricardo Pérez González.


The interview:


A queer PuertoRican writer with bacalao on his breath and Salsa on his hips, recentlyfinished writing on the third season of Netflix’s Designated Survivor.

After developing Don’t Eat the Mangos at Sundance, his play, On the Grounds of Belonging, about racially segregated gay bars in 1950sHouston, the first in a trilogy, premiered at Long Wharf fall of 2019. LongWharf has since commissioned him to write the second in the trilogy.

He is also working on commissions for The Public Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Other upcoming projects include Orlando, a pilot with Nina Tassler about the Puerto Rican diaspora after Hurricane María.

  • DON’T EAT THE MANGOS runs approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.
  • DON’T EAT THE MANGOS was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and was further developed and supported through a partnership between The Sol Project and Magic Theatre.