Alligator Man

Alligator Man $13

Jack A Kaplan

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 5 Female

For years the alligators of the Grand Cheniere swamp have stood idly by while gator men have invaded their territory in search of hides, fortune and fame

But when Telesphonte Broussard, proudest member of the parish's notorious gator-poaching family, kills the girlfriend of Gruesome Gator the years of apathy end

Unaware that vengeance stalks his footsteps, Les goes about his business while his scaly adversary, armed only with his wits and "poetic license" secures a weapon and a confederate-Les' own prudish sister-in-law, Georgiana. Her staged "kidnapping" lures Les to the swamp and a fatal fight amidst a raging hurricane

In the end "justice" triumphs, and the alligator launches his career as a Broussard - dedicated to supplying the Cajun community with all the "albino" gator hides it can use

First presented Off-Off-Broadway at the experimental Cubiculo Theatre, this atmospheric "folk tale" comes straight from the backwater of Louisiana's fabled bayou country, where alligators make their home and alligator poachers make their living. The fact that the alligators are played by black actors and the humans by white leaves the audience to draw its own conclusions

"(An) amusingly allegorical premise carried to the limits of its fantasy" ~ BackStage

"A delightful, original piece with themes of racism and animal abuse" ~ Show Business

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