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WET: A DACAmented Journey

In America, it should not be impossible to dream.

NOV 8 - 25, 2018

Audience Raves

"Alex Alpharaoh is simply INCREDIBLE [in] WET: A DACAmented Journey. This should be on Netflix."
- @GabyPacheco1
"I loved WET, and the conversation with the playwright that preceded the play. I am grateful for ArtsEmerson's commitment to bring us plays that address critical, and complicated issues in our times."
- Audience Member
"Alex's performance was so incredibly powerful -- charged with honesty, humanity, urgency, resilience, and hope...Thank you for bringing voices like Alex's to our city. Just like with The Peculiar Patriot, which I saw recently as well, I feel more connected to my fellow Americans when I can more viscerally understand their pain and struggle...Thank you again for making art like this available to Boston audiences."
- Audience Member
"Phenomenal--I will be recommending it to everyone I know!"
- Audience Member
"This was one of the most powerful performances I’ve EVER seen. Alex physically and emotionally embodies a 10 year old, a worried mom, a customs officer, an abuelo and other characters with completely believable ease. He had me hugging my knees riveted to my seat, heart pounding in empathy and anticipation. Go see this. Go see this. Go see this!"
- Audience Member

Critical Praise

"Alpharaoh is a passionately expressive performer, and in “WET,’’ which he wrote, he draws upon one of the signal strengths that live theater possesses: an up-close intimacy between storyteller and audience that enables us to walk — or at least imagine walking — in the shoes of another."
- The Boston Globe
"If you attend one production this year, this is the one to see."
- The Berkeley Beacon
“This is theater at its most evocative. Alpharoah is the embodiment of the immigration debate. His trials and fear are delivered right into our space.”
- Jared Bowen, WGBH
"It is a riveting and entirely engrossing 90 minutes that you will not soon forget."
- EDGE Boston
"Combines autobiography, political mission and hip-hop-inflected spoken word to put the audience in Alpharaoh’s shoes — and you feel every springy step and chafed toe."
- WBUR, The ARTery
"WET: A DACAmented Journey is a must-see for many reasons, but foremost is the aesthetic qualities of the narrative structure and the honest acting. While the subject matter of this piece could have easily fallen into a pull-on-the-heartstrings melodrama, it avoids such emotional manipulation. Equally important is the social and political importance of its theme, which asks us to see undocumented persons in their full humanity and not just as some histrionic statistic made up by ultra-right-wing political marketing campaigns. The play begins and ends with the same request: 'I need you to see me.'”
- Theatre Jones
"Some actors get stage fright before a show. Alex Alpharaoh gets life fright. As an undocumented adult, he's aware of taking a risk every time he performs his autobiographically inspired one-man show, WET: A DACAmented Journey, with audiences. But he feels compelled."
- Dallas News
"Merely by turning up at the theater, he has put himself in legal harm’s way. It’s not hyperbole."
“Delivers Nail-Biting Suspense...as expertly ratcheted as any Hitchcockian suspense thriller”
- LA Weekly
"Alpharaoh offers a sympathetic presence in the middle of a controversial issue."
- LA Times

Local Previews

"Alex Alpharaoh was tired of living in the shadows. So he stepped into the spotlight. And he’s not sure what’ll happen next."
- The Boston Globe
"Onstage, Alex Alpharaoh Channels His Greatest Fears About Being Undocumented"
- WBUR The ARTery
"It would be hard to get timelier than this solo show by 34-year-old Los Angeles-based actor, spoken-word artist and social worker Alex Alpharaoh..."
- The ARTery, WBUR, "Fall Arts Preview"

Artist Interviews

"'WET: A DACAmented Journey' Takes On A Timely Topic": Alex Alpharaoh Interview with Jim Braude
- WGBH-TV Greater Boston
A DACAmented Journey - Alex Alpharaoh Interview
- NBC Boston The Scene / NECN
Alex Alpharaoh puts his own DACA story on stage
- Belmont Wicked Local
"I promised God that if he gave me the opportunity to return, I would use my talent to tell this story. To be that voice of the 7,000 who are trapped on the border of Mexico and Guatemala and do not have a country to come back to."
- Alex Alpharaoh to Aldia Dallas
"'A DACAmented Journey' se estará presentando en Boston hasta el 25 de noviembre"
- El Planeta