By Carlos Lacámara
Directed By Dámaso Rodríguez
September 30, 2014 – October 26, 2014
When a storm leaves their tiny vessel helplessly adrift at sea, tension escalates as six Cuban refugees find themselves in a desperate battle against the elements, each other and their past. Set during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift when Fidel Castro allowed Cuban-Americans to bring family members by boat to America, but only if they took “undesirables” with them, this play from a Cuban-born playwright sheds light on a rarely told, but fascinating story in American history.
- Sound Design by Resident Artist Rodolfo Ortega
- Northwest Premiere
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 85 Minutes without and intermission.
Bobby Bermea +
Rafael Miguel +
+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.
^ Artists Rep Resident Artist
Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^
Costume Designer: Russel Terwelp
Lighting Designer: Peter West
Composer/Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^
Props Master: Natalie Rae Heikkinen
Production Assistant: Karen Hill ±
* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists
± Equity Membership Candidate
^ Artists Rep Resident Artist
"...gripping combination of political drama and family squabble, given a taut, vivid production..." - Marty Hughley, ArtsWatch, Read the full review here.
“Great show, talented cast, and amazing boat and projections!” - Audience member
"Hard-core, tense and febrile ... Solid directing by Dámaso Rodríguez keeps the action taut and keeps us on edge."
“I was moved to tears. Very well-done." - Audience member
"It is tense, provocative and enlightening." - DennisSparksReviews.blogspot.com
“This was terrific. Artists Rep always does a great job. I love coming here!” - Patrick Brassel, Broadway World
"Director Dámaso Rodríguez conjures a palpably tense atmosphere in the claustrophobic confines of the boat..." - Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week.
“The Stage was stunning, not something I’d expect for a theatre of this size…” - Audience member
“…draws us in—hook, line, and sinker.” - Backstage.com
Exiles was first presented by Fixed Mark Productions at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles in 2010. It was directed by David Fofi and the cast included Mark Adair-Rios, Alex Fernandez, Mila Hernandez, Andrew Quevado McReynolds, Khary Paytonfor and the playwright Carlos Lacámara himself. Artists Repertory Theatre is producing Exiles for the first time since its critically acclaimed premiere.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Carlos Lacámara was born in Havana, Cuba on November 11, 1958. He and his parents left Cuba to escape the Cuban Revolution when Carlos was just 2 years old. From there he moved to Washington D.C., then to Puerto Rico, then to California, where he resides now. Carlos graduated from UCLA, and then started his acting career. A professional actor for 25 years, Carlos has appeared in over 100 television shows, including recent appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lie To Me and Desperate Housewives. He played “Paco” on NBC’s Nurses for three years and the father in Nickelodeon’s The Brothers Garcia for four seasons. In April 2000, Carlos Lacámara returned to Cuba after an absence of 40 years. His observations and conversations with his family and other Cubans inspired him to write the play, Becoming Cuban, which The Los Angeles Times called “A rare, insightful new play,” and the LA Weekly proclaimed the “Best Political Drama of 2002.” Set in an advertising agency during Fidel Castro’s revolution, Carlos Lacámara’s next play, Havana Bourgeois, was presented at the 59E59th Theatre in New York City, The Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles and The Miracle Theater in Miami. His play, Nowhere On The Border, won The MetLife and Hola awards for Best New Play. It premiered at The Hayworth Theatre in 2006 where The Los Angeles Times described it as a work of “raw poignant power and insight.” The play also enjoyed productions at Repertorio Espanol in Manhattan and Stageworks Hudson in Hudson, New York. Exiles is the third play in his trilogy of Cuban plays.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dámaso Rodríguez is in his second year as Artistic Director of Artists Rep. He is a Co-Founder of the Los Angeles-based Furious Theatre Company, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 2001-2012. From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His directing credits include work at Artists Rep, the Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, A Noise Within, The Theatre@Boston Court, Naked Angels and Furious Theatre. Dámaso is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award, and his productions have been nominated for multiple LA Weekly Theatre Awards and LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. In 2012, he was honored by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation as a Finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Recent productions include the U.S. Premiere of Dawn King’s Foxfinder and the West Coast premieres of Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal and Jeffrey Hatcher’s Ten Chimneys at Artists Rep; Ruth & Augustus Goetz' The Heiress (starring Richard Chamberlain), Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (starring Kelly McGillis) and Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (starring Sharon Lawrence) at the Pasadena Playhouse; the reading of Steven Drukman’s The Prince of Atlantis for the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, Clifford Odets’ Paradise Lost at Intiman Theatre; Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at A Noise Within. Furious Theatre credits include the Los Angeles premieres of Craig Wright'sGrace, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom and Hunter Gatherers, Bruce Norris’ The Pain and the Itch, Yussef El Guindi's Back of the Throat, Richard Bean’s The God Botherers, Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, and the world premieres of Alex Jones’ Canned Peaches in Syrup and Matt Pelfrey’s An Impending Rupture of the Belly and No Good Deed, among others. More information at http://www.damasorodriguez.com/.
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