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Mercedes Vasquez: A Passionate Actor

Undeniable Talent

I started working as a Actor out of my pure love of the arts. I have always enjoyed performing and entertaining others. Contact me to find out more information and how we can start working together.

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What I’ve Got Going On

I’m so fortunate to have an incredible job that I love which both challenges and fulfills me. Yet, none of what I do would be as meaningful to me without an audience to share it with. Stay up to date on all the latest news about the productions, events, and community work I’m involved with by having a look at the articles below.

 
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Radical Voices: The "Otherness" Of Feminism

Nov 7, 2020 at 8pm EST

"4thU Artivists, a New York City-based benefit performance group, will present their Fall production virtually on NOVEMBER 7 at 8 pm.,  Radical Voices: The “Otherness” of Feminism, directed by Mercedes Vasquez, who lends her unique voice, perspective, and experience to this empowering presentation. The evening is a curated reading interwoven with dance, musical performance, and a storyteller to highlight the theme of Systemic Trauma for the most marginalized in our societies.  Poems, essays, dance and, music will be incorporated from a variety of feminist literary & musical sources spotlighting intersectionality, and the work yet to be done.

 

 

About 4thU Artivists

Now celebrating their 11th year, 4thU Artivists is a group dedicated to activism through the arts, originally founded in 2009 to support Eve Ensler’s global V-Day movement to end violence. The group produced benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues in their first several years, working in collaboration with Ensler, the playwright. 

Since then the group has produced new plays, concerts, dance performances, art exhibits, a cabaret, and even a comedy show, raising over $165,000 for organizations dedicated to ending violence. 

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 BY LILLIAN ISABELLA, A BENEFIT PRODUCTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

March 19, 20, 21 at 7pm

Fresh from a Fall 2019 world premiere at the Cherry Lane Theater, the play is a sex-positive response to the #MeToo movement, celebrating female sexuality and how fun sex can be. Proceeds will go to organizations that help end violence toward women and girls.


Lillian Isabella, a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, is an accomplished actor and playwright. Her documentary play about filmmaker Jonas Mekas, called That’s How Angels Arranged, inspired a section of the New York Times-bestselling book Happiness Is a Choice You Make by John Leland.  She has appeared in a number of films, including Hannah Has a Ho Phase, which co-starred Kate McKinnon. 


The play weaves Isabella’s own stories and observations among the narratives of 28 women she interviewed about their sexual histories and attitudes. In an article for TheaterMania, she said, “I discovered that with time, many of the women interviewed came to understand that embracing their sexuality and accessing their pleasure can be a great source of personal power.” 


Downtown Magazine praised the play’s “simple honesty,” and Holli Harms of Front Row Center called How We Love/F*ck “a declaration of joy to every part of our bodies,” adding “I left the theater feeling really good about being a woman.”


For this new production, Erin Bigelow, creative director of 4thU Artivists, cast 28 actors in order to present “varied experiences portrayed by vastly different voices,” she says. “Trans women, queer women, cis women, non-binary folk, women of color and otherwise; this show brings us together to talk about sex, and the lack of sex, and consent, and lust, and ventures to territories unknown.”


Net proceeds from this event will support the work of our beneficiary: Sakhi. Sakhi for South Asian Women unites survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence and create strong, healthy communities.

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SUMMERWEEN: TALES FROM THE STRIPPED BURLESQUE SHOW

July 12, 2019 at 7pm

Feeling witchy this summer? Come and celebrate Halloween with Les Femme Fatales at the Parkside Lounge.

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

March 14-16, 2019 at 7pm
16 Central Park West at 76th Street

A benefit performance to end violence against women and girls.

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SIREN PACK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS "HELL HATH NO FURY" BURLESQUE SHOW

March 21st, 2019 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Hell Hath No Fury is an immersive burlesque show focused on historical women who have been misrepresented because of their power.

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THE ANIMAL EMPATHY PROJECT

August 25 & 26, 2018

Come join our tiger, black panther, mouse, polar bear, gorilla, black wolf and humpback whale and help widlife!!

August 25 & 26 @3:00pm. Take a break from the summer heat with the animals.

Champions Studios, 39 W 29th St. 2nd Fl. Studio 4 - NYC! Air Conditioned. 

Mississippi Mud Productions, in partnership with Born Free USA, announces “The Animal Empathy Project” in New York City on August 25th and 26th. 

Seven Actors play seven animals in this original play of monologues and group moments created by the actors and based on Method Acting Animal Exercises, with the Animal taking center stage. A fun and brave wild journey about courage, challenges, hope, and tenacity.  

Performed in the concrete jungle of NYC about animal and human stories in America and the world in our time.

PERFORMANCE TIMES AND LOCATION

Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26 @3
Running time @90 minutes

@ Champions Studios
39 West 29th St. 2nd Fl - Studio 4, NYC

Tickets on sale NOW*

$5 student / $10 general / $25 Cherub / $50 Angel 

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BONAFIDE ARTISTS NOW REPRESENTS MERCEDES VASQUEZ

December 2018

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Travel back in time to Mack’s Tavern, which begins as a speakeasy during Prohibition in the 1920s.  MACK guides us through each decade up to the present, as we’re interactively entertained by all of the musical acts performed at his bar.  This is a new musical by Carrie Sooter and it includes an all-star cast, playing exclusively at the Triad.

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THE NEW LIVES FESTIVAL

June 25 - July 1 2018

“NY LIVES FESTIVAL” opens for the first time this summer in NYC. Our purpose is bringing together artists from around the City, the nation and the world, coming from different disciplines: theater, performance, poetry, comedy, spoken word or burlesque to create a week full of arts and free expressions. NY LIVES FESTIVAL is been created to support  different racial and many ethnic backgrounds, sexuality, and gender orientations.

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LATIN LIVES

June 25, 30 & July 1

LATIN LIVES is a journey inward,through the trials,triumphs, and tribulations of being Latino in todays New York City.

A theatre piece addressing various facets within Latino culture. It is a refreshing departure from the downbeat and often negative portrayals of the Latin experience. Challenging commonly held misconceptions, aiming to enlighten as well as entertain.

LATIN LIVES premiered September 28th 1992, and since then has garnered exceedingly positive responses with each incarnation of the show. It is a comedy rife with hilarious moments, but also has its share of thought-provoking passages.  

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MERCEDES VASQUEZ SIGNS WITH CARSON-ADLER AGENCY.

January 2018

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LA MUJER DE MIGUEL HERNANDEZ

Jun 26, 30 and July 1

Creación propia basada en los textos del poeta, dirigida por Sandra Gumuzzio, adaptada
de la original de Ignacio Marraco, estrenada en Madrid en 2010, con el motivo del
centenario del nacimiento de Miguel Hernández. Hemos querido contribuir a conservar
la memoria del poeta español con este drama en dos actos, fuera de pretensiones y
creada desde el amor al teatro, la música y la poesía. La obra nos acerca a la vida del
poeta alicantino Miguel Hernández, a través de los recuerdos de su mujer, Josefina
Manresa. Estos recuerdos aflorarán a raíz de la entrevista realizada a la viuda, 38 años
después de la muerte de su marido, Miguel Hernández, un hombre que marcaría su vida
para siempre. La música interpretada en directo nos trasladará a las diferentes
atmósferas en las que cobrará vida Miguel Hernández.
El elenco lo forman un equipo de profesionales españoles y cubanos que posee una larga
trayectoria en el teatro, cine y televisión; grandes actores como: Eduardo del Olmo,
Mercedes Vasques, Sandra Gumuzzio y Asier Kintana. Además, contamos con la
maravillosa música compuesta por Luis Callejón. La dirección corre a cuenta de Sandra
Gumuzzio, con la ayudantía de Victoria Freire y Vanessa Ortiz.

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SEXY SHAKESPEARE

June 27, 29, July 1

"SEXY SHAKESPEARE is an hour long experience that interlaces Shakespeare and Burlesque."

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IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD BURLESQUE

June 28 & June 30

A burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.
Our Burlesque show's theme is "It's a Woman's World."
We are showcasing all faces of women in their power; whether it’s funny, hot, raunchy, sophisticated, bada$$, soft, sensual and vulnerable. Women have so many layers to express to the world & they run the show!

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