JUST LIKE US by Karen Zacarías

The Mason Players | George Mason University's School of Theater Art & Culture

Presented by The Mason Players and
George Mason University’s School of Theater

April 29-30 & May 1, 2022
Presented in TheaterSpace

“Just Like Us” by Karen Zacarías is presented by The Mason Players and appears at George Mason University TheaterSpace on Fairfax Campus. Publicity photos from the production are now available.

Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, Just Like Us is a documentary style play that follows four Latina teen 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 of thereof.

Director Esteban Marmolejo-Suarez reflects,“Just Like Us by Karen Zacarías is a patriotic story from a perspective many audiences have never had to consider. The four girls we see in the show, regardless of their immigration status, are just as American as anyone else. The girls face the same challenges as any other American teenagers but with the added fear that anything they do wrong may get them or their family kicked out. There are millions of people in America that are constantly living with this fear. As artists, our goal is to ignite discussion and propel change. We hope you will join us and learn something new about the policies surrounding people we know as friends and neighbors.”

“Just Like Us” stars Alexandra Berrios (Marisela), Sarah Millard (Helen Thorpe), Melanie Terrazas (Yadira), Luisa Romero (Clara), Bianca Peña (Ellisa/Zulema), Cristina Casais (Mrs. Smith/Ana/Poundstone/Lucy/Prof. Martínez), and Steven Franco (Julio/Ramiro/Recruiter/Carlos).

Esteban Marmolejo-Suarez directs the production and features, Luke Rahman (Scenic Coordinator),  Mary Clare Bernier (Lighting Designer), Sydney Anderson (Sound Designer), Charlotte Langford (Costume Coordinator), Hannah Stoops (Properties Designer), Martin Desjardins (Co-Dramaturg), Nathan Tilley (Co-Dramaturg), Deema Turkomani (Intimacy Coach/Panel Coordinator), Fe Miranda (Stage Manager), Sage Munson (Assistant Stage Manager), Ruth Yamamoto (Co-Digital Image Designer), Sarah Strunk (Co-Digital Image Designer) among staple members of the production team at George Mason University.

For tickets and information, visit www.TheMasonPlayers.com or theater.gmu.edu.

About George Mason University’s School of Theater

George Mason University’s School of Theater provides a rigorous, professional and inclusive environment that promotes creative exploration, individual initiative, community building, and multidisciplinary projects. Students collaborate with others, hone their work ethic, and take responsibility for their own artistry as they forge creative partnerships with peers and faculty.

At Mason, we offer student artists individualized mentoring, a dynamic curriculum, and practical opportunities in performance, directing musical theater, play development, design, technical theater, and theater education. We help students find their passion, express it, and refine it through their craft. We believe that the best preparation for tomorrow’s artists combines the breadth of a liberal arts education, the depth of discipline-specific training, and the incomparable test of hands-on experience. When they act, direct, write, and design, our students, test their creative and analytical thinking skills. They learn to give and receive feedback, engage as a team, and adapt to an ever-changing workplace. We engage the whole artist-citizen in the classroom and rehearsal, fully supporting that journey, whether it leads to a career in professional theater or enriches a future elsewhere.

About The Mason Players

The Mason Players bring artistic enlightenment to the lives of the university community and beyond. Its mission coexists with the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Theater, with whom it enjoys a close relationship.

This student-run, faculty-overseen organization within the School of Theater produces captivating productions each season. Mainstage productions are directed by faculty members and visiting guest artists, and students direct studio productions. Plays selected for the annual Mason Players Originals celebration of new work are student-directed and student-written.


TheaterSpace (de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room: A105)
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030


All seating is General Admission.
“Just Like Us” tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty/staff, and seniors.
Buy at www.TheMasonPlayers.com or theater.gmu.edu.
Additional fees may apply, booking is strongly recommended. See website for details.


Accessible seating and “no-stairs” seating may be purchased online or by calling the CVPA box office.


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