from top: Bobby Moreno, Lindsay Rico; Dakota Granados; Dakota, Lindsay; Bobby, Talene Monahon, Lindsay; Samuel H. Levine, Lexi Lapp; the band; Julian Elijah Martinez

photos: Heather Phelps; graphic design: Jaime Valles

by Hilary Bettis
directed by Elena Araoz

in collaboration with The Sol Project

November 27-December 18, 2016

Are ya ready?
Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers
wrestling ‘gators for a living in a roadside attraction in a small tourist town deep in the Florida Everglades… tussling in blood and mud, whiskey and swamp… cracking open when a deep drum, like a heartbeat, shakes the earth.

with  Dakota GranadosLexi LappSamuel H. LevineJulian Elijah MartinezTalene Monahon, Bobby MorenoLindsay Rico
…and a live band! Daniel OcantoGraham Ulicny & Sean Smith

sets  Arnulfo Maldonado     costumes  Ari Fulton
lights  Amith Chandrashaker
sound  Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
original music  Daniel Ocanto & Graham Ulicny
masks/puppets & animals  Jessica Scott
props  Samantha Shoffner fights  UnkleDave’s Fight-House
casting  Kate Murray Casting   PSM  Danielle Teague-Daniels
assistant stage manager  Genevieve Ortiz

Alligator was the first of 12 Off Broadway productions of The Sol Project, a New York City-based initiative catalyzing change via a national movement to produce Latinx playwrights.

and the first production ever in The Jeffrey & Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres!

2017 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play! Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulicny & Sean Smith!

Included in The New York Times’ Memorable Theater Moments 2016

Read! Hilary Bettis talks to Kyoung Park in The Brooklyn Rail

“Violent lyricism [in] Bobby Moreno’s swaggering, choleric performance as the toothy Rex… vitalizing use of live music and stark lighting” — The New York Times

“Musicians Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulciny and Sean Smith fill the small theater at the ART/New York space with riotous noise and celebration.  Atmosphere by the bucketful.” — Time Out New York

“Overwhelmingly succeeds… an experience with some real bite, as well as some real surprises. Alligator sinks its teeth in immediately and doesn’t let go.” — CultureCatch

“Beautifully complex and outwardly beastly.  A mighty production!” — Theater is Easy

“Stunning!  Seeks to show us the lives of people we otherwise wouldn’t think about, the same disenchanted, disillusioned people whom the system has failed so often.” — StageBuddy

“Raw and bloody in the best sort of way” — New York Theatre Review


leap and the net will appear