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jj’s arcade (school shows)

Apr 11 - May 19

Mexican American Cultural Center

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Mario is a small business owner in Brownsville, Texas left to raise his son, JJ, after the passing of his mother. In order to honor her memory and cope with his lack of connection with his father, JJ begins to build an arcade out of leftover cardboard from his dad’s store. 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 Teatro Vivo and presented at the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Curricular Connections: Science (Engineering), Dual Language (Spanish/English), Social Emotional Learning

Grades 2nd and up

Mario trabaja duro como mecánico en LA Este, y queda sólo para criar a su hijo JJ, después del fallecimiento de su madre. Para honrar su memoria y enfrentarse a la falta de conexión con su padre, JJ empieza a construir una galería de sobras de cartón del taller de su padre. JJ logra conectarse a sí mismo y a su familia por medio de su imaginación y su ingenio. Esta obra bilingüe celebra a la cultura, la imaginación, la perseverancia, y la familia. La Galería de JJ es co-producida con Teatro Vivo y presentada en el Centro Cultural Mexicano Americano.



Written by José Casas

Executive Producers

Carolyn and Marc Seriff


Sergio Alcocer

Supporting Sponsor

Texas Gas Service

Theatre for Families Season Sponsors

Austin Community Foundation
Dollar General Literacy Foundation


Production Team

Nat Miller
Michael Krauss
Scenic Designer
Lacey Erb
Projection Designer
Alana Anthony
Costume Designer
Patrick Anthony
Lighting Designer
Pete Martinez
Sound Designer
Megan Smith
Stage Manager

The 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

about theatre for youth

ZACH's Theatre for Youth series provides field trip opportunities for students to experience live theatre with educational content. Plays incorporate TEKS aligned subjects and offer Instructional Study Guides for teachers and students. Payment and reservation policy information

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COST: $8.00 per child. Title 1 Discounts available based on a sliding scale. 1 adult for every ten children is free. Each additional adult is $16.


  • After you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation notice within three days. Payment in full is due one month before your visit. If find you need an extension on your payment due date, please call 512-476-0594 x236 and we will help set a new payment due date.
  • For every ten student tickets purchased, you will receive 1 free adult ticket. Both teachers and parents should be included in the number of adult tickets reserved. Parents cannot purchase individual tickets with the theatre, as all reservations must be done through the school.
  • Reservation numbers may be increased at anytime, if space allows. However, any decreases to your reservation must be made one month prior to visit. After this time all reserved seats must be paid for regardless of day-of attendance.
    Cancellations must be given in writing at least 4 weeks prior to reservation. No refund for payment will be given if inadequate notice is given.
  • ZACH Theatre is located right next to Zilker park and has a small park and baseball field on site. Please feel free to utilize these areas for a picnic lunch or recreation area.
    Remember to reserve your buses early.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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