"In evoking the lost Cuban–American world of a Florida cigar factory in 1929, Mr. Cruz has created a work as wistful and affectingly ambitious as its characters. ANNA IN THE TROPIC reaches for the artistic heavens…" —New York Times
Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama, ANNA IN THE TROPICS by acclaimed Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, is set in the sultry heat of 1929 Ybor City, Florida. With factory mechanization on the rise, a group of Cuban-American immigrants maintain the cigar rolling industry with pride and tradition. Cigar factory owners continue the tradition brought from Cuba of hiring lectors to educate and entertain while the workers hand-roll cigars. As they toil away in the factory, a well-dressed and well-spoken lector arrives and reads “Anna Karenina” to them, igniting their passions even as they struggle to uphold tradition in the face of encroaching modernity. This is a play about the threat of change in a world where time is money and the search for identity in a new land.
Directed by Kevin Long
SPECIAL EVENTS are scheduled in conjunction with the play:
Saturdays, March 17 and March 24: Arthur Murray Dance Studio gives Latin Ballroom Dancing Lessons in the Performing Arts Center Lobby from 7– 7:45 p.m., prior to the performance.
Sundays, March 18 and March 25: Complimentary coffee and a special pre-show conversation with the Director and the Dramaturg from 1– 1:45 p.m., prior to the performance
Sunday, March 25 at 2:00pm
Building R, Performing Arts Center
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067