Pigpen Profile

Pigpen Profiles: Dolores Mendoza

Next up in the cast of Per, playing our macabre momma Anna, Dolores Mendoza!

What is your theatre background

I’ve been in and around theatre since middle school, but I’ve loved it even before that.  After being all about theatre in high school, I took a ten-year hiatus to work in corporate America and realized that my life was miserable without it.  I’ve since gone back to study theatre here at Mesa Community College where I’ve been able to act, design, and direct – and adore every minute of everything.  I’ve since been able to step out into the valley theatre community with Stray Cat Theatre and Laughing Pig Theatre – doing acting and properties design.

How do you feel about true crime?

True crime is such a guilty pleasure for me.  I’m strange because the more tame and “everyday” the situation is, the sadder it is for me, and I can’t watch it.  But if it’s over the top, twisted and creepy, I’m super fascinated.  I don’t know what that says about me other than I’m awful.

-What is a favorite family memory you have?

A favorite family memory I have is a New Year’s Eve that we spent in our upstairs living room, which was basically bare aside from a record player, playing with balloons that were filled with homemade confetti and singing and dancing to oldies records all night.  It was my mom, my dad, my older sister and her then-boyfriend (now-husband), my younger brother, and I.  It always makes me smile when I think about it.

What’s next for you in theatre?

Next up in theatre, I’m thrilled to be directing “Made With Love” for Laughing Pig’s “Now What” short play fest!  I can’t wait!

-What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I would like to take this opportunity to talk about Cup O’Karma.  It’s a little non-profit cafe that holds a special place in my heart due to where it came from and where it has grown.  It’s located inside the Chandler Public Library at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, AZ 85225 and benefits the SEEDs program.  The Support, Education, Empowerment & DirectionS program is a transitional housing project of the National Advocacy & Training Network that helps to address the unmet needs of battered and sexually abused women and their children. The program is a community-based, safe, sober living environment committed to the physical, mental, and emotional healing of women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and violence.  Not only is the staff lovely, the drinks and food delicious, and do they host great music, but it all benefits a wonderful cause.  Go check it out if you can!

-Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

This is like making me choose between my children.  Can we just say that all are beautiful in their own special and unique ways?  (And then just agree to get pizza.  Pepperoni with extra cheese, please.)

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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