Illustration: María Figueroa
If Vania and the Open Windows has caught your interest, Mercedes has written another children’s play, ¿Y Mis Colores?. Commissioned by theatre director Emmanuel Marquez, Y Mis Colores was particularly challenging to begin because it is about a topic that is still hard enough for adults to talk about: mental illness. It is about Jenaro, a teenage boy who develops schizophrenia. On diagnosis, Jenaro’s family and friends go through a range of emotions – denial, confusion, despair – before they find the right way to handle the situation, with love and honesty.