ANNA IN THE TROPICSA play by Nilo Cruz
A poignant and poetic drama, Anna in the Tropics is set in 1929 in Ybor City, Florida, in a small Cuban American cigar factory where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. When a handsome new lector reads 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.
February 8-10, 2017 Reprise for National School of Drama (Bharat Rang Mahotsav Theatre Festival), New Delhi and Pune, India: The celebrated One World Theatre production of Anna in the Tropics March 2016 performed at the prestigious 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Theatre Festival.
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
It was happy news to many of us Americans when relations between Cuba and the USA began to normalize. Art (and baseball) had a part in that détente, after the 1999 documentary film The Buena Vista Social Club by Wim Wenders introduced this marvelous musical group from the island, and the play Anna in the Tropics by Cuban American Nilo Cruz won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Now we are happy to introduce Cuban American drama and music to many in Kathmandu, interpreted through the wonderful talents of our Nepali artists and their understanding of the cost of migration and modernizations, the charms of family and tradition, and the power of love and art.
Institute for Advanced Communication, Education and Research for free rehearsal space.
Raju Shah, Group General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel and Resort for Guest Artist support.
Jeebesh Rayamajhi, Managing Director of Theatre Village, for press and audience outreach.
Sajan R. Bhandary, Advocate, Kathmandu Legals, for Pro Bono advising.
Charles Greene, Director Marin Community Foundation, for crucial financial support.
David Kleiman, who faithfully stands behind each One World Theatre production.
SANTIAGO, owner of a cigar factory, late 50’s Sajag Rana
CHECHÉ, his half-brother, half-Cuban, half-American, early 40’s Hemanta Chalise
OFELIA, Santiago’s wife Loonibha Tuladhar
MARELA, Ofelia and Santiago’s daughter, 22 Rojita Buddhacharya
CONCHITA, her sister, 32 Kavita Srinivasan
POLOMO, her husband 41 Rajkumar Pudasaini
JUAN JULIAN, the lector, 38 Divya Dev
ELIADES, local gamester, runs cockfights, 40’s Sangam Panta
ROOSTER, FACTORY WORKER, DANCER Kripa Bajracharya
ROOSTER, FACTORY WORKER, DANCER Saroj Guragain
MALE ENSEMBLE: COCK FIGHT, FACTORY, PARTY I. P Acharya
DIRECTOR Deborah Merola
PRODUCTION MANAGER ` Divya Dev
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rajkumar Pudasaini
COSTUME DESIGNER Kalsang Lama
STAGE MANAGER /SOUND OP Ashutosh Sharma
PROPS DESIGNER Mary Lama
PROPS DESIGNER/PROPS/MASK MAKER Binita Buddhacharya
PROPS MAKER Sharmila Shrestha
PROPERTY MISTRESS Jyotsna Simha Thakuri
CHOREOGRAPHY Kripa Bajracharya
MUSIC COMPOSER Sangam Panta
LIGHTING OP Shrawan Rana
BOX OFFICE Meera Gurung
ACCOUNTS MANAGER Hemanta Chalise