Next on Stage!

jj’s arcade

a bilingual play for young audiences
by José Casas
Directed by Nat Miller

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, April 14 – May 7, 2017.

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.

Special events in celebration of jj’s arcade:

  • Press Night: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. RSVP to
  • Sensory Friendly and Sign Interpreted/Open Captioned Performance
    April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Tickets now available at

This project is sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and FuturoFund Austin.




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