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World Premiere

OCT 27 - NOV 20, 2022

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A shocking, fun and painfully informative world-premiere play by Rogelio Martinez.

For 40 years, the Cuban government and the Miami exile community have played an endless game of political tug of war…Then in 1999, a young boy is found on the shores of Florida clinging to life. ELIÁN is a story of hope that soon falls under the watchful eye of the 24-hour news cycle, causing each side of the conflict to pull harder and harder on that rope. We know the story ends with a boy in a closet, a gun pointed at him; but few of us know how it got to that moment. With explosive real-life personalities, painfully hilarious moments, and great compassion, ELIÁN pulls back the curtain and reveals how American democracy really works.

Why Elián?

ELIÁN is a story based on a very Miami event that had both national and international consequences. It helped define the 2000 elections and changed global history. It is a very personal story that resonates with our Cuban-American communities, whom at that time, the rest of the country did not understand. This work is an exploration of that moment from the perspective of some of the protagonists of this conflict and will reveal new information that the public has never been made aware of. It will be shocking, fun, funny, and emotionally charged. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Rogelio and I feel a great responsibility to be directing this story that is so close to our community. – Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director