Playwright Nilo Cruz explores these predicaments in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics. Arena Stage has mounted the. This page guide for “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 2 chapters, as well as several more. Anna in the Tropics has ratings and 73 reviews. Brina said: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz is the Pulitzer winner for drama, making Cruz the.

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Ofelia then engages Juan Julian in a conversation about how the landscape and climate in Tampa differs from that in Cuba.

Simple play of a period long gone. Pulitzer Prize for Drama According to Ofelia, he has a “soft spot for love stories. Exciting fun and nice ending. Rosario remains alive in body but not in spirit. Juan Julian, “the best lector west of Havana,” arrives at the cigar factory at Ofelia’s behest.

There is a great deal of ominous change threatening the well-being of cigar workers and a strong sense of personal dissatisfaction, and a widespread involvement in gambling when into this mixture arrives one Juan Julian to serve as a lector. The community consisted niloo workers from all ethnic backgrounds, though Cuban exiles comprised the largest group, with Sicilians, Germans, Romanian Jews, Spaniards, and even a few Chinese composing the remainder of the population. A un script, which I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing staged.

I was disappointed, as I expected a Pulitzer Prize winning play to be much better. Read More actors, singers, dancers Performer.

Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

Cheche intends to mechanize the plant and tropifs the roar of machines nobody could hear someone reading out loud. The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, scene design Dec 13, Payton rated it really liked it.

In describing the struggle for control of the cigar factory, Cruz employs a triangular structure to delineate the shifting relationships between characters as they wield power and influence. Marela dreams of snow and the images are so trppics that she wants to borrow a fur coat for when she travels to Russia in her imagination. Conchita and Palomo are at the factory the day after the celebration.


Marela defends the need for a lector, insisting that “the words he reads are like a breeze that breaks the monotony of this factory. Yropics then warns her sister against casting spells. A solid production translating well to written form, Anna in the Tropics is a solid 4 star read.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. For years the habano has been considered the epitome of what a good cigar should be.

Ofelia and her daughters and, later, Santiago understand that the best way to improve the work environment at the factory is to hire a lector who will educate and inform them as he maintains a tradition rich with cultural history. In the end, Cruz has given us an exotic, beautifully written, if a little plot heavy, slice of Chekhovian drama sprinkled with some magical realism. Manola does the stuffing at the cigar factory. Peppino Mellini is the “best buncher” at the ahna factory.

Cruz, however, reconsidered and decided that a historical i would be “too complicated” to render dramatically, so he chose instead to focus on the role the lector played in the factories during a time when personal and financial independence were inextricably linked.

Juan Julian’s readings permit Marela and Conchita greater freedom of imagination with which to lead their lives and fulfill their dreams, and Ofelia, among others, feels a strong connection to the past as she moves forward into the future. Anna in the Tropics is a play by Nilo Cruz.

Anns Santiago has been secluded in the family home, he can see the positive effect the lector’s reading has had on the workers. Perhaps the problem lies in the core choice by Cruz to have the heart-wrenching and tragic novel, Anna Kareninaplay against what seem to be ordinary problems of ordinary people.

The storyline intertwines with the book Anna Karenina so closely and perfectly.

Anna in the Tropics

The men and women remain divided in their loyalties as economic hardship and the pressure to abandon old traditions force thr owners of the cigar factory to adopt new, progressive manufacturing methods if they wish to stay in business. All of these workers, who come from places such as Spain and Italy, share a desire for romance.


Palomo is angry when he discovers his wife’s affair with the lector, but, rather than insist that she end it, he asks her probing questions about her lover, living vicariously through his wife’s sexual exploits. Conchita then remarks that Teodoro’s replacement didn’t last long, for reasons that are explained later in the play.

As she is preparing to leave, Marela asks Juan Julian to lend her the book. The men and women are divided in their opinions, but Ofelia, with the support of her two daughters, defends her decision to hire a lector.

As beautifully written as this script is, at times, it seems too calculated, too perfect. For her, literature offers a way of learning about the world. A bicycle dreams of becoming a boy, an umbrella dreams of becoming the rain, a pearl dreams of becoming a woman, troics a chair dreams of becoming a gazelle and running back to the forest.

The irony of the situation—one whose comic effect is not lost upon Cruz as a dramatist—is that, without Marela’s presence, the couple would be at a complete stalemate.

It feels right, but if I’ve learned anything in forty years, it’s not to trust my sense of nostalgia for things that occurred before I was born. Everyone has a good laugh at Ofelia’s expense, herself included. Light that penetrates through cracks. Conchita agrees, asking him why torpics chose to read Tolstoy.

National Unified Auditions New York. They were exiles who wanted Cuba’s independence, and they would have been killed if they stayed there.