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October 25, 2005

Gavilan College "First Monday" Playreading series presents Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

WHO: Gavilan College Theater Arts department

WHAT: First Monday Playreading Series: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

Anna in the Tropics is a beautifully poetic play that parallels Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Cruz, a relative unknown, won the 2003 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award for Anna in the Tropics. The award was presented to Cruz at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in April. Two days later, the play won the Pulitzer Prize.
Anna in the Tropics is a romantic tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and redemption. The play is set in 1929, toward the end of the era when cigars were made by hand, and lectors were hired to read books to the workers as they rolled the cigars. An Ybor City, Florida factory is fighting the advent of technology. While many factories are increasing their production by having the cigars rolled by machines, this factory is holding fast to tradition. When Juan Julian, the new lector, arrives in Ybor City, his mere presence profoundly affects the factory workers, particularly Conchita, who is in an unhappy marriage with Eliades. Conchita knows he is having an affair, so when Juan Julian expresses romantic interest in her, she gives in to his advances. Meanwhile, Santiago, the owner of the factory, tries to keep his business afloat while simultaneously settling his mounting gambling debts by giving away shares of his factory to Cheche. As Juan Julian's presence enlivens the women in the factory, it begins to take its toll on Cheche and Eliades.

Nilo Cruz is a young Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States. His plays include Night Train to Bolina, Dancing on her Knees, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and a Piano, A Bicycle Country, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (World premiere at New Theatre 2001), Lorca in a Green Dress, Beauty of the Father, and translations of Lorca's Doņa Rosita the Spinster and The House of Bernarda Alba.

WHEN: December 5, 2005 @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy

HOW: The event is FREE!!! For information contact: Julianne Palma at 831-637-1236 or email:

WHY: The First Monday Series is a playreading series that has been created to introduce the South Valley Communities to diverse theatrical experiences through the reading and discussion of challenging and socially relevant contemporary materials, presented by professional actors, Gavilan college students, and members of the community. We would also like to encourage playreading suggestions from the community.


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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