Chimichangas and Zoloft

by  Fernanda Coppel

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

Suffering from a profound sense of disappointment after her 40th birthday, Sonia flees her family and goes on a binge of prescription Zoloft and greasy chimichangas...

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Chimichangas and Zoloft

by  Fernanda Coppel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Suffering from a profound sense of disappointment after her 40th birthday, Sonia flees her family and goes on a binge of prescription Zoloft and greasy chimichangas.  Sonia’s rebellious daughter Jackie and her best friend Penelope hatch a plan to lure Sonia back home, while their fathers struggle with a secret association of their own. This irreverent story examines the search for happiness and the mysteries of sexuality through the eyes of two brazen teenagers.
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"Ms. Coppel, a young playwright with an intriguing comic voice, has built the play quite neatly, and her two-person scenes have the snap of very good sketch work." - New York Times

"Coppel, a clever writer, flavors her characters' conversations with humor or sarcasm as well as genuine emotion. She has smart things to say about parenting, love and communication, and definitely knows how to create theatrical tension. Serious social issues like homosexuality, teen pregnancy, and use and abuse of both recreational and prescription drugs come in for their share of laughs, but worthwhile points are made about the need for love and understanding amid the complexities of modern life." - Associated Press

"There is something refreshing about the young playwright Fernanda Coppel's approach, informed as much by the Latino culture she writes through as by the questions she addresses about parenting and sexuality." - The New Yorker

"The Mexican-American writer, only 26, brings lively energy and a couple of nice twists to situations we've seen a million times before. She treats all her characters, no matter their faults, with sympathy. And refreshingly, the show takes place in a milieu we rarely see on local stages: Mexican-American middle-class families in LA." - New York Post


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  • Dinner Theatre
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  • Large Stage
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  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Los Angeles, California
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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2m, 3f
PENELOPE LOPEZ - 16 years old, Mexican-American, Sassy, doesn’t understand her own beauty.
JACKIE MARTINEZ- 15 years old, Mexican-American, a Tom Boy, an old soul.
ALEJANDRO LOPEZ - 38 years old, Mexican, very handsome, a bartender.
RICARDO MARTINEZ - 45 years old, Mexican, quiet beauty, very successful lawyer.
SONIA MARTINEZ - 40 years old, Mexican-American, tired, doesn’t know why she is hurting.
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Fernanda Coppel

Fernanda Coppel is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play King Liz received its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre in an acclaimed, extended run in the summer of 2015. King Liz was sold to Showtime and is being developed into a half hour comedy-drama. Fernanda is currently a writer-producer on both the series "Que ...

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World Premiere Presented by Atlantic Theatre Company, New York City, 2012

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