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Carlos Lacámara


"...a veteran actor, has emerged as one of the most accomplished playwrights of the small theater scene."

--Don Shirley, City Beat

Carlos Lacámara began his writing career after visiting Cuba in April 2000. Having been only two years old when his family left, Carlos was moved by the hardships of life on the island. His observations and conversations inspired him to write the play, Becoming Cuban, which The Los Angeles Times called “A rare, insightful new play,” and the LA Weekly proclaimed the “Best Political Drama of 2002.”


Set in an advertising agency during Fidel Castroʼs revolution, Carlos Lacámaraʼs

next play, Havana Bourgeois, was presented at the 59E59th Theater in New York

City, The Hayworth in Los Angeles and The Miracle Theater in Miami.

His play, Nowhere on the Border, won The MetLife and Hola awards for best new

play. It premiered at the Hayworth Theatre in 2006 where The Los Angeles

Times described it as a work of “raw poignant power and insight”. The play also

enjoyed productions at Repertorio Espanol in Manhattan and Stageworks

Hudson in New York. Nowhere on the Border appears in the anthology Plays

and Playwrights 2009.


Portland’s Artist’s Repertory Theatre produced Carlos’ third Cuban play, Exiles,

which focuses on the turbulent Mariel Boatlift of 1980. Artist’s Rep also

presented Carlos’ first musical play, Cuba Libre, which showcases the music of the world-renowned Cuban band, Tiempo Libre. Cuba Libre is currently in

development for a second production. 


Carlos has co-authored four one-hour television pilots: Adam and Eve, written with wife, television show-runner Carol Barbee, and bought by Amazon Studios, Eagle Pass,optioned by Braun Entertainment, Prophesy, optioned by Fox TV Studios and San Juan, optioned by CBS Studios. His screenplays include Killing Time and Children of Conscience, both commissioned by Dark Light Pictures.


Doug Draizin

Literary Manager

(310) 696-1009

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