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Two Sisters and a Piano

Written & Directed By Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright of Anna in the Tropics.

January 25 - February 18, 2024

Embark on a captivating journey to 1990s Havana

Two Sisters and a Piano is a gripping play set amidst the Pan American Games and the Russians’ departure from Cuba. Witness the enthralling cat-and-mouse game between novelist Maria Celia and a charismatic military officer, whose infatuation blurs the lines between passion and politics. Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz weaves an authentic tale of oppression, human spirit, and the intertwining fates of two sisters awaiting freedom in a world of shifting global politics.

Set in 1991, during the Pan American Games in Havana and while the Russians are pulling out of Cuba, this play portrays two sisters, Maria Celia, a novelist, and Sofia, a pianist, serving time under house arrest. Passion infiltrates politics when a lieutenant assigned to their case becomes infatuated with Maria Celia, whose literature he has been reading.

“It’s one of the most fascinating cat-and-mouse games to be seen on the stage.” —Star-Ledger. 

“The beauty of TWO SISTERS AND A PIANO is its refusal to paint characters in black-and-white. Cruz’s tightly constructed study of incarcerated sisters—provides the spine for an authentic study of oppression that bends but never breaks the human spirit.” —Variety.

Although trapped under house arrest, novelist Maria Celia and her sister Sofia can still hear the rumors of shifting global politics growing in 1990s Havana. As they await changes for Cuba as well as changes to their situation, it’s uncertain whether freedom will come through government regime change, Maria Celia’s far-off husband, or the charismatic military officer who has begun insinuating himself into the sisters’ lives. A passionate tale of revolution, art and dreams written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics).

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Two Sisters and a Piano