Simon Dawes
Becomes A Planet

a new play by Alex Moggridge

directed by Michael Lluberes

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an epically small play about being just a little bit happy

The Play

Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet is a new play about a boy born the size of a pea who grows to cosmic proportions.
Blessed with a strange and haunting singing voice, Simon weaves his way through a world where healthy and beautiful is not enough, encountering a parade of family, friends, lovers, and eccentrics, discovering fame, obscurity, and maybe just a little bit of happiness along the way.

A semi-finalist for the American Blues Theater’s 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet received a public reading at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor in 2015. Equal parts fable, music hall panto, and modern farce, Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet is the most unusual and compelling play you’ll see this season. Emerging playwright Alex Moggridge examines the nature of happiness and loss in unexpected ways, creating an “epically small”, abstract, theatrical world as captivating and provocative as anything in theatre today.

The Team


Alex Moggridge
  • Alex's play THE SQUIRREL was seen Off Broadway in the Summer Play Festival, and his play MANATEE appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival.
  • Alex’s work has been workshopped at rUDE mECHANICALS in New York, Boise Contemporary Theatre, and Encore Theatre in San Francisco. He is a two-time recipient of the Playground Emerging Playwrights award in San Francisco, where his ten minute plays THE AUDITION and PISHPURT were produced.
  • In addition to his plays, Alex has written for documentaries, industrial films and commercials.
  • As an actor, Alex has performed in theatres across the country, including Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville and with the international tour of David Henry Hwang’s CHINGLISH. Alex has appeared in television (Person of Interest, Law & Order CI, Trauma) and film (Batman Begins).
  • Alex was born in London and at the age of six moved to Palo Alto, California. He has lived in London, Taipei and San Francisco. He now lives in Brooklyn with his stuffed cat, Eusebio.


Michael Lluberes
  • Writing/Directing: Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Award Best Play, LA Weekly Theater Award Nomination Best Production, The Blank Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival), The Boy in the Bathroom (New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYMF Best New Musical and Best Book Awards, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, The Chance Theater, The Festival of New American Musicals, Spirit of Broadway Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project), The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On (ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop). Other Directing: Bayonets of Angst (NYMF), Twelfth Night (SRT), Nighttime Traffic (NYMF), 1,000 Cats (UCB, HBO’s Funny Or Die Presents). Acting: National Tour: Dirty Dancing, Off-Broadway: Heaven Knows (Ensemble Studio Theatre), American Dreams: Lost and Found, Pudd’nhead Wilson, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Casa Mañana, Capital Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Pioneer Theatre Company. TV: “Chappelle’s Show”. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, The American Harmony Prize, an NEA New Artist Initiative Award, and residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Hambidge and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is a graduate of UNCSA, a member of The Acting Company, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Dramatists Guild.


Time Shared
  • Tony Hagopian, Lead Producer. As an actor, Tony has been part of the Broadway productions of FROST/NIXON, BETRAYAL, and THE REALISTIC JONESES, and also performed Off-Broadway at the Mint Theater, Lucille Lortel, Cherry Lane, HERE, and LaMama, and regionally at The Old Globe, The Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pioneer Theatre Co., Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kansas City Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, Virginia Stage Co., Dorset Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and many others.
  • Film and television credits include The Blacklist, Zoolander 2, Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, and Law & Order.
  • His play ALTER EGOS received a staged reading as part of Ground UP Productions' New Works Series.

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