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A 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.


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. 

CHARACTERS                                                                                Actors                         

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

                                                                                                            Raj Poudel

                                                                                                            Nishan Adhikari



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