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Anna in the Tropics

Anna in the Tropics
Written by Nilo Cruz
Characters Santiago
Cheché
Ofelia
Marela
Conchita
Palomo
Juan Julian
Eliades
Date premiered 12 October 2002
Place premiered New Theatre, Coral Gables, Florida
Original language English
Setting 1929, Tampa (Ybor City) Florida

Anna in the Tropics is a play by Nilo Cruz. It won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The play is set in mechanization.

In the play, the lector reads Anna Karenina, sparking the characters' lives and relationships to spin out of control.

Recognition

Anna in the Tropics was widely regarded as a "long shot" for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, mainly because it had not been seen in New York. The play premiered at the New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida and had to compete with Edward Albee’s The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia? and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out for the coveted award.

Cruz, a Cuban-born playwright living in New York, remarked,
“It’s wonderful. I cannot believe it. The other day I went to the bookstore and I saw a book by William Kennedy. He won the Pulitzer for Ironweed, which I adore. I was standing there looking at his books and thinking how amazing it was that this writer won a Pulitzer, and now I’ve been given one, too. I think I’m still in shock. I haven’t completely acknowledged the grandness of the award.”

His past works, such as Two Sisters and a Piano, have earned him a reputation for writing lyrical, atmospheric plays with powerful emotions and language.

Anna in the Tropics was honored with two nominations at the 2004 Tony Awards. The show was nominated in the category of Best Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Daphne Rubin-Vega)

Film Adaptation

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Academy Award nominee, Lee Daniels (Precious) has signed on to develop a film based on the play—which is being produced by Mankind Entertainment.

External links

  • Anna in the Tropics at the Internet Broadway Database (2003 production)
  • Anna in the Tropics at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Anna in the Tropics at South Coast Repertory
  • Anna in the Tropics at L.A. Theatre Works which offered an audio broadcast version in September 2007 as part of its Play's the Thing series
  • Long Beach Shakespeare Company produced Anna in the Tropics, Directed by Denis McCourt April/May 2011
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