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 Granados, Lexi Lapp, Samuel H. Levine, Julian Elijah Martinez, Talene Monahon, Bobby Moreno, Lindsay Rico
…and a live band! Daniel Ocanto, Graham 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
“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