jj’s arcade April 14 – May 7




Teatro Vivo presents a new play for the entire family this April. In partnership with ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo brings you the world premiere of jj’s arcade, a bilingual production for young audiences, at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center.

Public Performances are April14 – May 7, 2017.

Friday and Saturday at 7pm

Matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

The new work by José Casas is directed by Nat Miller, and stars Diego Rodríguez and Alessandro Sánchez as José Joaquin (J.J.) Hernández. Joining them are Mario Ramírez as Mario Hernández, Martinique Duchene-Phillips as Sandra Hernández/Linda Garcia, and Ben Bazán as Oscar Torres.

Mario is a hard-working auto mechanic in east LA who is left to raise his son, JJ, after the passing of JJ’s mother. In order to honor her memory and cope with the lack of connection with his father, JJ begins to build an arcade out of leftover cardboard from his dad’s garage. It is through JJ’s imagination and ingenuity that he is able to connect to himself and his family. This bilingual play celebrates culture, imagination, perseverance, and family. jj’s arcade will be co-produced with ZACH Theatre and be presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, located at 600 River Street, Austin, Texas.

Recommendation: Ages 7 and up.

Run time: Approximately one hour.Curricular Connections: Science (Engineering), Dual Language (Spanish/English), Social Emotional Learning

Special events in celebration of jj’s arcade:

  • Sensory Friendly and Sign Interpreted/Open Captioned Performance – April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for jj’s arcade are $13 (Youth) and $15 (Adult) and are available online at http://zachtheatre.org/shows/theatre-for-families/jjs-arcade/ and by phone at 512-476-0541 x1, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar Blvd.) Monday through Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m. All performances are at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center. The ESB-MACC is wheelchair accessible. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.


jj’s arcade Cast

Diego Rodriguez – Jose Joaquin (J.J) Hernandez

Alessandro Sanchez – Jose Joaquin (J.J) Hernandez

Mario Ramirez – Mario Hernandez

Martinique Duchene-Phillips – Sandra Hernandez/Linda Garcia

Ben Bazan – Oscar Torres


jj’s arcade Creative Team

José Casas-Playwright

Nat Miller – Director

Michael Krauss – Scenic Designer

Lacey Erb – Projection Designer

Alana Anthony – Costume Design Assistant

Patrick Anthony – Lighting Designer

Pete Martinez – Sound Designer

Megan Smith – Stage Manager


About Teatro Vivo

Inspired by the power of theatre to educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo is dedicated to producing and promoting theatre that showcases the Latino experience and is accessible to all audiences, especially those underserved by the arts. Founded in 2000, Teatro Vivo has produced more than 40 full-length bilingual productions, collaborations with other arts organizations, and opportunities for theatre artists to develop new work. Teatro Vivo is a proud member of the Latino Arts Residency Program at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 300 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Founded in 1932 and in its 84nd season, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

This project is sponsored in part by The Shubert Foundation, the Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, FuturoFund Austin, and the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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