University Theatre is pleased to present the Central Valley premiere of “Just Like Us” by Karen Zacarías, based on the novel by Helen Thorpe. The production is directed by Dr. Gina Sandí-Díaz and runs October 26 – November 3, 2018 in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts building on the campus of Fresno State.

Performances are 7:30 p.m Oct. 26 – 27 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 3  and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre. No late seating, no exceptions.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for all students. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.

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.

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“This documentary drama follows four Latina girls with different immigration status in Denver, CO. from 2004-2009. Dedicated to doing the right thing, even when faced with adversity, the girls relentlessly pursue the American Dream, even though it seems out of reach and seems to grow further away with each passing day.” Says Dr. Gina Sandí-Diaz. “This play is an important reminder of the community building aspect of theatre – it encourages us to engage in dialogue, though sometimes difficult, about different topics, perspectives, and life experiences. This is a story of resilience and perseverance that will resonate with many people and families in our Central Valley.”

“One of the finest things about this wise play… is it’s generous, even celebratory sense of humor, a plus for a tale that carries with it a great deal of hurt.” – Lisa Kennedy, The Denver Post

The cast includes Arium Andrews, Diego Barba, Alyssa Burgos, Taylor Cabiero, Cecilia Cantu, Taylor Chavez, Saywa Chuji, Isabel Correa-Gomez, Jose Gomez, Jacob Gonzalez, Jolissa Hernandez, Emily Kearns, Diego Nieves, Tatiana Olguin, and Andrew Trevino.

Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.