Notes: Anna in the Tropics is a Pulitzer Prize-winning (2003) play by Nilo Cruz.
When Cuban immigrants brought the cigar-making industry to Florida in the 19th Century, they carried with them another tradition. As the workers toiled away in the factory hand rolling each cigar, the lector, (historically well-dressed and well-spoken), would read to them. It was the lector who informed, organized and entertained the workers until the 1930s, when the rollers and the readers were replaced by mechanization.
Ybor City, a section of Tampa, was the center of the cigar industry, and it serves as the setting for Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
directed by Carlos Mendoza
Apr 25, 2008 through May 18, 2008
Curtain time(s): Thurs-Fri 7PM; Sat 2PM & 8PM; Wed & Sun 2PM.
Ticket price: $15.00 - $28.00
Workers in a 1930s cigar factory re-create the intoxicating Cuba they've left behind.