Paletas de Coco

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Created & Performed by FRANKY D. GONZALEZ
Directed by JEFF LIU 
Director of Photography & Editor EDWIN L. WILLIAMS II 

Stage Manager & First AD COOPER MITCHELL
Performance Space Generously Provided by BISHOP ARTS THEATRE CENTER

Originally Premiered: June 15, 2021

Photo by Soukaina Gonzalez.

Content Advisory:
Paletas de Coco contains profanity, racist language against Latinos, discussions of suicidal ideation, depression, suicide attempts, physical abuse, verbal abuse reenactment, parental abuse, fat shaming, alcoholism, and some potential (depending on your religious leanings) mild blasphemy. 

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This show includes live captioning. 


FRANKY D. GONZALEZ is a playwright and TV writer of Colombian descent based in Dallas, Texas. Franky was a recipient of the 2020 Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission and co-recipient for the 2018 MetLife Nuestras Voces Latino Playwriting Award. He won the 2020 Crossroads Project Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative Award, the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Manila Best Overall Production Prize and was a staff writer for the fourth season of 13 Reasons Why. His work has been read or seen at The Lark, Sundance Institute, Goodman Theatre, the Latinx Playwrights Circle, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, NNPN, New Harmony Project, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Repertorio Español, LAByrinth Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Austin Latinx New Play Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Ammunition Theatre Company and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. Franky served proudly as the 2018 Dramatists Guild Regional Representative and was named the 4Seasons Resident Playwright in 2021. Twitter: @phatthedd | IG: @phattheddproductions | Facebook: /franky.gonzalez1

JEFF LIU is a writer and director for theater, film and web, was the former Literary Manager for East West Players and is a member of the O’Neill National Directing Fellowship cohort of 2016. He is currently a Resident Dramaturge for the Ojai Playwrights Conference. His theatrical productions include the LA premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, as well as the world premieres of The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas, Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler, Mexican Day and The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) by Tom Jacobson, Texas and Solve For X by Judy Soo Hoo, Murderobilia and Terminus Americana (Ovation Award nominee for Best World Premiere) by Matt Pelfrey and The Golden Hour and Grace Kim and the Spiders From Mars by Philip W. Chung. He also adapted and directed the Pulitzer nominated play Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang for the YOMYOMF Network on YouTube, where it is available to watch for free.