By Nilo Cruz
Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.
Anna in the Tropics contains strong sexual themes and mild violence, and is intended for mature audiences. Parental guidance is recommended for audience member under 16 years of age.
"Immerse yourself in tropical intrigue with an exceptional cast, thoughtful interwoven vignettes, and warm set designs from Jesse Dreikosen. 6th Street Playhouse’s Anna in the Tropics is a tribute to Cuban-American culture and the struggles of balancing tradition with the frenzied expectations of modern living." (Alexa Chipman - Imagination Lane Reviews)