By Carlos Lacámara
Directed By Dámaso Rodríguez

September 30, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Morrison Theater

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.




Cast and Production Team


John San Nicolas +^


Bobby Bermea +

The Lunatic

Andrés Alcalá

Rolando Conesa

Rafael Miguel +


Sekai Edwards



Dámaso Rodríguez *



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 M. Hill +

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"...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



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