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Anna In The Tropics

Anna in the Tropics

20th Anniversary Production

JAN 12 - FEB 12, 2023

A stunning and evocative Pulitzer-Prize winning drama by Nilo Cruz.

It’s 1929 and we are in Florida at a Cuban–American cigar factory; cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are hired to educate and entertain the workers. When a new lector enters the scene and begins to read aloud Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners and suddenly the lives of the workers begin to parallel the novel. Old traditions and new ways collide while longing, love, and betrayal spark a volatile flame that signals the end of an era.

Why Anna in the Tropics?

Anna in the Tropics is a story that belongs to this city. It was written by a Miami playwright, it first premiered at the New Theater in Coral Gables, it was awarded a Pulitzer, and now, for the first time ever, Nilo Cruz himself will direct the play. Nilo and his achievements bring a huge sense of pride to our community, and we are honored to continue collaborating with him and call him a dear friend. Anna in the Tropics is a beautiful balance of a strong story with poetic storytelling that is moving, sexy, heartbreaking and spectacular. – Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director

CONTENT ADVISORY: This production contains scenes depicting physical and sexual violence, the use of a theatrical firearm, and gunshot sound effects.

Anna In The Tropics

Critical Acclaim

Christine Dolen, Artburst Miami/Miami Herald

"Exquisite... emotionally potent and irresistible"

Christine Dolen, Artburst Miami/Miami Herald

"Nilo Cruz blends vivid imagery, Cuban-American history and electric you can almost hear it sparking."

Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage

"Triumphant..."Passion sizzles in Miami New Drama’s 20th anniversary production of Anna in the Tropics."

J.J. Colagrande, The Jitney

"It hits like poetry and resonates with a literary air not often felt in the theater."
Anna In The Tropics

Pictured L-R: Brandon Espinoza, Hannia Guillen, and Gabriell Salgado. Photo by FURIOSA Productions

Anna In The Tropics

Pictured L-R/Top-Bottom: Daniel Capote, Brandon Espinoza, Hannia Guillen, Gabriell Salgado, Andrea Ferro, Serafin Falcon, Nilo Cruz, Saundra Santiago, Photo by FURIOSA Productions.