Santa Clara University - SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice

Looking to schedule an educational play for your school?

Breaking Through - Francisco Jiménez - adapted by Leo Cortez
In this sequel to The Circuit, we pick up the story of Pancho and his family after they’ve been deported to Mexico. In a brave move to return to Santa Maria, the family applies for legal entry to the United States. But in the months and years that follow, Francisco and his family face poverty, long hours of field labor, and prejudice. These hardships are lessened for Pancho, as his dream to continue his education at Santa Maria High School becomes a reality. Until a division between father and son grows when Francisco gets a scholarship to attend college. It quickly becomes clear that the family’s financial future is destined for failure if the family does not stay together.

About the Tour:

When: March 12-22, 2019
What: Breaking Through, a 50-minute play with post play discussion 
For: Recommended grades 6th – 12th
Where: At local schools or Santa Clara University
Who:  Santa Clara University – SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice

About the outreach tour:

Performances are available at:
  • Local school sites between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., March 13, 15, 19, 20, 21 and are adaptable to multipurpose rooms, libraries or auditoriums.
  • Santa Clara University’s Louis B. Mayer Theatre at 10:30 a.m., 
  • March 12,14,18, 22 for schools who would like to visit a college campus.
  • FREE Evening Performance at 7:00 p.m. March 14.
  • A fee of $350 per performance. 
  • Grant Available - Schools may be eligible for performance cost assistance and a bus stipend through an Arts for Social Justice grant.
  • Teacher's Guides are provided online to assist teachers with pre- and post-performance activities.
  • Post-performance discussions with the actors are offered as part of the package.
  • Maximum audience attendance must be limited to 350 per performance at the local school site and 496 at Santa Clara University.
  • At your school, we prefer a minimum performance space that is no smaller than 20 feet by 20 feet, and require 8 feet in height.
  • Bookings are currently available for the Silicon Valley region.
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About SCU•Presents and Arts for Social Justice:

Our mission is to bring great stories on social justice issues to students, through a theatre experience, to engage, educate and entertain.
Santa Clara University’s SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice is touring The Trilogy Series, three plays based on the books by Francisco Jiménez. Each year in March, SCU•Presents will present a combination of plays with performances either at your school or at Santa Clara University.  Performances at Santa Clara University may afford a class an opportunity to tour and explore campus with a goal of stimulating interest in all students that through hard work and dedication, anyone may attend college.
The performance of these plays are open to any school; however, we especially encourage classes who are currently reading and teaching the Francisco Jiménez books to become a part of our audience. There will also be post-play discussions.

About The Trilogy:

A series of plays based on the books by Francisco Jiménez and adapted by Leo Cortez
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
 La Mariposa 

About the author:

Francisco Jimenez immigrated with his family to California from Tlaquepaque, Mexico. As a child, he worked in the fields of California. He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate from Columbia University and is a professor emeritus at Santa Clara University.