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[play] La Mariposa & Breaking Through by Teatro Visión // San Jose

April 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

$10 – $40

Teatro Visión presents Francisco Jiménez’s La Mariposa and Breaking Through, adapted for the stage by Leo Cortez.

Jiménez’s memoirs resonate across generations, in their message of love, determination, and the importance of one’s mentors.

Both plays include projected supertitles in English and in Spanish.

April 11 – 14, 2024
Thursday – Saturday, April 11-13 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, at 2:00pm.

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San José, CA 95116

Buy tickets here.

  • Tickets are choose your own price: $10-$40.


About play:

In La Mariposa, a young Panchito arrives in the U.S. with his family, and finds his way amid a life of constant moving and in a school where he doesn’t understand a word his teacher says.

As he watches his classroom caterpillar transform into a butterfly, he too begins to learn to spread his wings.

Breaking Through follows him to his teenage years, where Panchito comes to love school and reading. A dream to become a teacher awakens in him. But when his responsibility to his family clashes against his own desires, he must navigate the competing priorities that face him.

The novels are presented as two one-act plays performed together—La Mariposa in Spanish and Breaking Through in English.


Teatro Visión presenta La Mariposa and Breaking Through de Francisco Jiménez, adaptadas por Leo Cortez. Las autobiografías de Francisco Jiménez resuenan a través de varias generaciones con un mensaje de amor, determinación y el valor inestimable de los mentores.
Las novelas serán presentadas como dos obras de un acto exhibidas juntas. La Mariposa se presenta en español y Breaking Through en inglés. Ambas obras incluyen supertítulos proyectados en inglés y en español.

La Mariposa muestra al jóven Panchito a su llegada a los EEUU con su familia donde tiene que encontrar su lugar en una vida de mudanzas constantes y en una escuela en la cual no entiende ni una sola palabra de lo que dice su maestra. Al observar en su salón de clase a una oruguita transformarse en una mariposa, él también aprende a desplegar sus alas.

Breaking Through lo sigue a su adolescencia, cuando Panchito empieza a encontrar alegría en la escuela y los libros. El sueño de ser maestro se despierta en él. Pero cuando sus responsabilidades familiares colisionan con sus deseos, él tiene que navegar las múltiples prioridades a las que se enfrenta.



Thursday, April 11 at 7:00pm | COLLEGE NIGHT
Meet and mingle with your fellow college students from all over the Bay Area at this special performance of La Mariposa and Breaking Through.

Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm | PRIDE NIGHT
Join us to celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ community and allies.

Saturday, April 13 at 2:00pm | GIRL SCOUT DAY AT THE THEATER + POST-SHOW Q&A
We welcome Girl Scout troops for a special Teatro Visión experience! Troops will be welcomed on a backstage tour following the show.
This performance will be followed by a post-show Q&A with the director and members of the cast.

Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm | ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
This performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Buy tickets here.


April 14
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$10 – $40
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Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater
1700 Alum Rock Ave. San José, CA 95116 + Google Map

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