World Premiere of Alligator Finds Its Cast

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The first production from the Sol Project is penned by Hilary Bettis.
Talene Monahon
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New Georges has announced casting for the world premiere of Alligator by Hilary Bettis. The production, which will kick off the company’s 25th anniversary season, is also the first play from The Sol Project—the new New York-based theatre collective dedicated to raising the visibility of Latino and Latina playwrights.

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The Sol Project initiative recently announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda has donated towards the production alongside the Time Warner Foundation and an anonymous donor. Read more about the gift and the Sol Project here.

Alligator, about two alligator-wrestling, orphaned teenagers in the Florida Everglades, will be directed by Elena Araoz at the A.R.T./New York Theatres, located at 502 West 53rd Street, New York. Performances are set to run November 27-December 18, with opening night December 4.

The cast will be made up of Dakota Granados (At a Crossroad), Lexi Lapp (STET), Samuel H. Levine (Kill Floor), Julian Elijah Martinez (9 Circles), Talene Monahon (Permission), Bobby Moreno (Hand to God), and Lindsay Rico (The Bonapartes).

Here’s how New Georges bills the new work: “Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers who live in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades and wrestle ‘gators in a roadside attraction. Careening through encounters in their small tourist town, they meet self-destructive young locals looking for a future and desperate young wanderers looking for a home; all carry secrets under ever-present layers of desire. Alternately realistic and surreal, scored with gritty rock music performed by a live band, Alligator is a muscular, satisfying play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.“ The play was developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2012.

The production will have lights by Amith Chandrashaker (Twelfth Night ), costumes by Ari Fulton (Widow of Tom’s Hill ), sound by Pornchanok Kanchanabanca (Canada Geese), sets by Arnulfo Maldonado (Caught), puppetry by Jessica Scott (The Rite of Spring), fight direction by UnkleDave’s Fight-House (An American in Paris), and original music created by Daniel Ocanto (the band Big Harp) and Graham Ulicny (the band Reptar), performed live during every performance by Ocanto, Ulicny, and Sean Smith (Klavenauts).

Tickets, priced $35, are available online at or by calling (800) 838-3006.

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