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.

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don't eat the mangos

Written by Ricardo Pérez González
Directed by David Mendizábal

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.

The Cast

Elena Estér (Yinoelle)

is absolutely thrilled to make her Magic Theatre debut as “Yinoelle!” A native New Yorker and hardcore salsera, she grew up surrounded by Puerto Rican culture, music, and friends/family. She credits much of her love of salsa to growing up listening to Nuyorican/Puerto Rican soneros at family parties. Elena’s theatrical credits include: TBA Awards-Recommended production of Ageless atQuantum Dragon Theatre as “Olivia;” "Carla" in Custom Made Theatre’s In the Heights; and "Veronica" in The Motherfucker with the Hat. She was also involved in promoting Spanish-language theatre by playing “Conchita”in La Lengua Teatro en Español’s inaugural production of a staged reading of Anaen el Trópico. Elena has also starred in two feature films, numerous short films, and commercials. Elena studies dance and has performed/taught internationally as a salsa dancer/instructor. Passionate about languages and traveling, Elena speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, basic MandarinChinese, and is just beginning German. She will also learn her nativeQuechua and would love to work in each of the languages she speaks. She studies at Beverly Hills Playhouse/SF. 

Wilma Bonet (Mami)

is happy to be back at the Magic where she last appeared in This Golden State PartOne: Delano and Bruja both by LuisAlfaro.  Recently she appeared in Ruben Grijalva’s AnnaConsiders Mars at Playground and in Tony Kushner’s MotherCourage and Her Children at Ubuntu Theater.  Acting credits includes, Little Erik at Aurora Theater, A Streetcar NamedDesire and Tanya Saracho’s The Tenth Muse both at theOregon Shakespeare Festival,  Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad at the Mark Taper Forum and Jose Cruz Gonzalez’s September Shoes at the Denver Center Theatre Company, for which she received an award  for outstanding performance.  She has also appeared on the stages of the American Conservatory Theatre, Campo Santo, CaliforniaShakespeare Theatre, Thick Description, Marin Theatre Company, the Old Globe, and Dallas Theatre Center. She toured with El Teatro Campesino and the SanFrancisco MimeTroupe. Film and television credits include COCO, What Dreams May Come, 8MM, Underwraps, Jack, Radio Flyer, and Nash Bridges. Awards: Bay Area TheatreCritics Award, Los Angeles Drama-League Award, and Goodman Award for OutstandingPerformance.


The National New Play Network Rolling
World Premiere

Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Check out the Program


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  
Yetta Gottesman*, Marilet Martinez*, Elena Ester, Wilma Bonet* and Julian López-Morillas*


Ricardo Pérez González

is a queer Puerto Rican writer with bacalao on his breath and Salsa on his hips, recently finished writing on the third season of Netflix’s Designated Survivor. After developing Don’t Eat the Mangos at Sundance, his play, On theGrounds of Belonging, about racially segregated gay bars in 1950s Houston, 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.

Yetta Gottesman (Ismelda)

had the pleasure of workshopping Don’t Eat the Mangos at the Sundance TheatreLab in Utah in July 2019. She is thrilled to be making her Magic Theatre Debut!New York credits include: Recent Alien Abductions (PlayCo written and dir. by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (WorldPremiere, The Public Theater written by Stephen Adly Guirgis / dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman) Touch (Women’s Project, written by Toni Press-Coffman /dir. By Loretta Greco), Where’s My Money? (World Premiere, LAByrinth Theater Company and Manhattan Theatre Club, written and dir. by John Patrick Shanley), Underneath My Bed (Rattlestick Theatre, written by Florencia Lozano / dir. Pedro Pascal.) Regional Theater: Geffen Playhouse, The Fountain Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts where she received an Ovation AwardNomination for her portrayal of the title character in Mariela in the Desert,Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Film / TV credits: Chick Fight, The LastThing He Wanted, Driven, Attraction, Sex, Death and Bowling, RabbitHole, 27 Dresses, Lucky You, The Oath, Startup, Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City, Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Member of LAByrinth TheaterCompany and The Actors Studio.

Marilet Martinez (Wicha)

makes her Magic Theatre debut in Don't Eat the Mangos. Recently relocated to Chicago, Marilet is a San Francisco native, actor, improviser, teaching artist with an emphasis in trauma informed practice, and fight choreographer. Bay Area credits include: Walls (Zaniyah), San Francisco Mime Troupe; Heart Shaped Nebula (Dahlila), Shotgun Players; TheTaming (Bianca) and Forever Never Comes (Sandra), CrowdedFire; Learn To Be Latina (Blanca), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio),Mutt (Various), Impact Theatre; Mud (Mae), Tontlawald (Lona),Ondine (Mist), A Dream Play (Gatekeeper), Ubu Roi(Various), Cutting Ball Theater; Santos and Santos (Nena), Teatrovision. In Chicago, Marilet is one fourth of the ALTA (Alliance for Latinx TheatreArtists) award-winning, all Latina improv and sketch team Ratas de Dos Patas. Ratas has played festivals across the country and last year debuted their sold-outsketch show The Invocation of Selena inspired by la reina Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Marilet is an ensemble member of Comedy Sportz Chicago.
Follow her on Instagram: @mariletmartinezsf and @ratas_de_2_patas

Julian López-Morillas (Papi)

has lived and worked as an actor, director, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. His widely-spaced appearances at Magic Theatre have included The WildGoose (1978), Jacques and His Master (1989) and TheAmerican in Me (2004)Julian was for many years an actor and director with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival (now California ShakespeareTheatre) and has also appeared at ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, San JoseStage, and the Aurora Theatre among many others. He has taught Shakespeare and dramatic literature at UC Berkeley, San Jose State, Mills College, and elsewhere. Julian has appeared professionally in every play in the Shakespeare canon and was also a two-day winner on Jeopardy!  

Available April 28-May 11

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