Anna In The Tropics by Nilo Cruz Teatro El Publico 11/22/13-11/24/13

Anna In The Tropics, by Nilo Cruz – Teatro El Publico
fundarte_AnaPosterEcard_1November: 22, 23, AT 8:30 p.m. and 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cost: $35, $30 General Admission
$5 off in each price for Students (18-) and Seniors (65+)

FUNDarte & Teatro El Publico
In collaboration with the Cuban Theater Digital Archive, and University of Miami’s Departments of Theater Arts, Modern Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies present a highly unconventional and innovative staging of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Anna in the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz in three full-evening performances at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach), on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday November 24th at 5:00 p.m.

The original text by Nilo Cruz is transformed in this new production directed by Carlos Díaz of the famed Havana based Teatro El Público, and performed in Spanish with English supertitles by members of Teatro El Público in collaboration with Miami performing artists Carlos Caballero, Lili Rentería and Mabel Roch, with a performance by Elizabeth Doud. Cuban guest artists include Osvaldo Doimeadios, Fernando Hechavarria, and Alexis Diaz de Villegas, among others.

The notoriously irreverent Díaz’s unique new adaptation of the play updates and complicates the already inspired story via layers of contemporary ingredients that expand the work conceptually and resonate powerfully with Miami’s diverse immigrant communities and Cuban audiences alike.

About the play: Set in 1929 in Tampa, this now-classic drama showcases the plight of a community of cigar factory workers facing pressures from the mechanization of the cigar industry. The story focuses on a ‘lector’ – a person hired by cigar workers to read to them in the factory. He is presumably the last of his breed as eminent industrialization is making his work obsolete. The personal struggles of the characters unfold as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is read in the factory, creating a narrative that poetically blurs distinctions between art and life. This highly charged work explores themes of immigration, conflicts about new technologies and lost traditions and the longing for passions beyond one’s reach.

This performance is co-produced with Teatro El Público, and supported by funding from the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ International Cultural Exchange Grant.

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