Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples presents The Refugees

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Gulfshore Playhouse is thrilled to unveil the talented ensemble cast for the world premiere of The Refugees, a daring new comedy that explores the impact of a civil war in the United States on a once well-to-do Connecticut family. The production promises to deliver equal parts hilarity and thought-provoking moments as it navigates themes of patriotism, identity and belonging.
The Refugees is on stage Jan. 11 to Feb. 4 at The Norris Center in Naples.

Alan Campbell as Yates Sutton and Jeffrey Binder as Barry in The Refugees. Photo by Matthew Schipper.

After an unforeseen turn of events thrusts the Yates family into the heart of the Middle East during a civil war in the United States, the once charmed life of lawyer Yates, socialite Poppy, and their 17-year-old son Wynn takes an unexpected and comedic turn. In this fish-out-of-water tale, the family finds themselves at odds with their new surroundings and each other. As Yates becomes entangled in a comical scheme to emigrate to Europe, the family is faced with a choice: embrace their new reality or attempt to return to the world they once knew.
The Refugees was part of the 2022 New Works Festival at Gulfshore Playhouse. This is the first professionally staged production of this play ever.
Playwright Brent Askari wrote the play after winning the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for political theatre. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has written screenplays for several companies including Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV, and Reveille Entertainment.
The Refugees will bring back some familiar faces. Tony Award nominee Alan Campbell, who starred in Gulfshore Playhouse’s first full main stage production Oleanna, will return to play Yates. The production will also feature Broadway actor and former associate artistic director Jeffrey Binder.
The cast includes Alan Campbell as Yates, Margot White as Poppy, Max Singer as Wynn, Sarah Corey as Salma, Jeffrey Binder as Barry and Nuah Ozryel as Samir.

Nuah Ozryel as Sam, Jeffrey Binder as Barry, and Alan Campbell as Yates Sutton in The Refugees. Photo by Matthew Schipper.


Under the direction of Marshall Jones III (Radio Golf, Mud Row), this world premiere written by Brent Askari promises to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor and introspection. The Refugees marks a significant addition to Gulfshore Playhouse’s commitment to presenting innovative and compelling theatrical experiences.
“We’ve been working on this script for nearly two years,” said director Jones, “so we are thrilled to share it with the Naples community. There’s no doubt the audience will understand and empathize with the plight of the Sutton family as this wealthy, privileged family must navigate a new reality as refugees in a foreign land.”
Jones added, “I feel like the luckiest director in the world — not only because Brent Askari has written a seminal play that meets the compelling times we are living in — but because we have a dream team cast for this enthralling and surprisingly funny new play.”
The creative team also includes scenic design by Dahlia Al-Habieli (Dallas Theatre Center’s In the Heights), costume design by Ivania Stack (Mud Row), lighting design by José Santiago (Mud Row and Radio Golf), original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones (Broadway’s Slave Play and Gulfshore Playhouse’s Mud Row), and production stage manager Kelli Karen.
The Refugees will run Jan. 11 to Feb. 4 at The Norris Center in Naples. Tickets can be purchased online at GulfshorePlayhouse.org or by calling 239-261-7529.
Tickets are on sale and start at $40. Discounted tickets are available for patrons under 35; Educators; Families composed of two adults and two children; Active military, veterans, first responders, and their immediate families. Tickets can be ordered online (gulfshoreplayhouse.org) or by phone at 239-261-PLAY.

Sarah Corey as Salma and Margot White as Poppy Sutton in The Refugees. Photo by Matthew Schipper.
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