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This event is presented in collaboration with Orlando Repertory Theatre. Generously supported by Mears Destination Services, Inc.

Orlando Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of Just Like Us by Karen Zacarias, inspired by the nonfiction book by Helen Thorpe. This documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two of whom 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.

“Just Like Us” was originally developed by the Denver Center Theatre Company, A division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Kent Thompson, Artistic Director


Perspectives is a specially curated series of readings for young people and their families.

A crucial function of the theatre and the arts overall is to reflect the times in which they are existing. These plays are told from the perspective of a young person and speak to the issues of the refugee crisis, undocumented immigrants and American Muslims. The scripts lean more towards telling a lively story, rather than serving as didactic polemics. Young people are highly aware of the issues of the day and these performances may serve as platform to illuminate the topics or to begin or continue the conversations.

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Creative Team

Artistic Director – Jeff Revels
Director – Michelle LoRicco
Stage Manager – Ali Miller
QLab Programmer – Amanda Simmons


Julio, Recruiter, Carlos, Mike, Cop – Arius West
Helen Thorpe – Danielle Bouloy
Marisela – Gabriela Mercado
Clara – Gisella Hernandez
Fabian, Tom, Cezar, Federico – Jerald Speare
Elissa, Lucy, Zulema – Julia Famiglietti
Yadira – Karen Marulanda
Josefa, Mrs. Smith, Carol, Vizzi – Karissa Rodriguez
Yolanda, Cynthia, Lucy, Lisa – MaRah Williams