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These are the parallel stories of Mr. Alvarez’ beloved island; the glitz and glamor of Havana nightlife and what was about to bring it all crashing down thunderously on the world’s stage.
The sultry beats of the spectacularly celebrity-drenched-mob-controlled-money-laundering-Internationally-infamous TROPICANA in the 1950s, the danger of Fulgencio Batista’s fall and Fidel Castro’s rise to power, a political revolution, the separation of 14,000 Cuban children from their parents, the longing for a better life that propels people to throw themselves under the cover of a moonless night into the unknown Caribbean Sea; These are the events that shaped Jay Alvarez’s family’s escape from Cuba in 1964.
General Batista and his army had taken over the Cuban government by force, smothering the Cuban Constitution as they diabolically built a capitalist Shangra-la in Havana. A plan that went so far south that on January 1st, 1959 Cuba woke up to the reports of General Batista’s midnight escape on a plane that flew out of Havana carrying his cronies and over $300 million dollars. Within 24 hours Fidel Castro and his rebel army came down from the Sierra Maestra Mountains.
Five years later, on Monday, March 16th, 1964 after excruciatingly innovative strategizing, Humberto Alvarez set sail in a boat that just barely held 25 members of his family and life-long friends.
After 30 determined hours navigating the Caribbean Sea, Humberto Alvarez delivered his precious cargo to our American shores and freedom.
I guarantee you will be enchanted by this EVENT of a show.
(Playwright/Actor) is a bi-coastal actor whose Los Angeles theatre credits include: “Havana Bourgeois” opposite Tony Plana, (Haywood Theatre), “Noblesse Oblige” (Stages Theatre) and the Ovation Nominated play “The Shelter” (The Odyssey Theatre)
TV credits include: the unforgettable French Waiter on Fox’s “Til Death” with Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher and “The Soprano’s” as well as national commercials for American Express and McDonald’s.
In addition to NYC and LA theatre, Jay has worked in Washington DC at The Shakespeare Theater, Kennedy Center Studio Theater and Gala Hispanic Theatre, among others.
With “Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!,” Jay embarks on a completely different and new experience, honoring his parents and their journey to America.
Jay has performed “Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!” to sold out audiences at Stage Left in NYC as well as Nuyorican Poets Café and Area Stage in Miami.
Jay would also like to thank his mentor and Master Teacher, Mr. Wynn Handman. An integral part of American theatre history, Jay credits Wynn for his development as an actor and bestowing on him the confidence to stand on this stage today.