Jedlicka Performing Arts Center & Visión Latino Theatre Company presents
by Karen Zacarias

book by Helen Thorpe

Xavier M. Custodio, Director

Flavia Pallozzi, Associate Artistic Director

Nicholas Schwartz, Set Design/Technical Director

Yajaira Custodio, Costume Design

Conchita Avitia, Light Design

Cristan Solis, Sound Design

Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two who are not—through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future becomes increasingly complicated. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions about what makes us American.

Playwright Karen Zacarias- interviewed in 2013 describes the importance of writing this piece:

“I am a Mexican immigrant myself, and I am a straight-A student like these girls,” says Zacarias. “And this is a story I don’t see on stage, the story of the good girls, the story of the hardworking families, the story of not the gangs and the barrio and all of that, but the story of millions and millions of people who are in this country just working and trying to get through every day.”

© 2019 by The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. 

  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean