SPF 14: The Boatman

Saturday, July 8th @ 12:00 PM PST
Written By Alex Moggridge
Directed By Carlos Lacámara

The boatman of the underworld is having a career crisis. And when he meets a young woman who refuses to be ferried to the land of the dead, the tenuous nature of life and death becomes ever more complicated.

Alex Moggridge is an actor/writer. He was born in London, UK, and moved to the San Francisco bay area when he was six years old. He’s now based in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his partner and cat.
Alex has worked as an actor on Broadway and many regional theatres, with such artists as David Henry Hwang, Mary Zimmerman, Mike Nichols, Leigh Silverman, and others.
As a writer, his play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet was produced in 2016, and then developed into an audio play that he made with many friends during the pandemic (www.simondawesbecomesaplanet.com). His play The Squirrel was produced at the Summer Play Festival in New York City, and his play Manatee appeared in the New York Fringe Festival. His plays have also been seen at Flint Repertory Theatre.

Over the past two years, two of Alex’s plays (Murmurations and a modern adaptation of Rhinoceros) have been developed with students at the Atlantic Theatre School, where he has also directed three student productions.

A professional actor and playwright for over thirty years, Carlos Lacámara has appeared in over one hundred television shows, including recent appearances in Barry, The Shrink Next Door, The Good Doctor and The Garcias, a reboot of the groundbreaking show, The Brothers Garcia, for HBO Max. Carlos was a child when his family fled Cuba. After visiting the island many years later, the beauty and hardships of life in Cuba 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 the Year.”
Set in an advertising agency during Fidel Castroʼs revolution, Carlos’ next play, Havana Bourgeois, was presented at the 59E59th Theater in New York City, The Hayworth 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. The Los Angeles Times described it as a work of “raw poignant power and insight”. The Road Theatre produced the play, as well as Repertorio Español and Stageworks Hudson in New York. Portland’s Artist’s Repertory Theatre produced Carlos’ third Cuban play, Exiles, which focuses on the turbulent Mariel Boatlift of 1980 and Carlos’ first musical, Cuba Libre, which showcases the music of the world-renowned Cuban band, Tiempo Libre.

“The Boatman”

The Boatman – Taylor Nichols*
Violet – Tiffany Wolff*
Diplomat/Time – Johnathan Nichols-Navarro*
Dog/Water 1 – Nina Sallinen*
Dog/Water 2 – Stephanie Erb*
Dog/Water 3 – Liz Fenning*
Botanist/Old Lady/Poet – Amy Tolsky*
Stage Directions – Kate Huffman*

*Road Company Member