Anna in the Tropics
Sep 12Oct 26, 2003
By Nilo Cruz


Henry Godinez


Nilo Cruz


Charin Alvarez (Conchita)
Sandra Delgado (Marela)
Ricardo Gutierrez (Cheché)
Sandra Marquez (Ofelia)
Dale Rivera (Juan Julian)
Gustavo Mellado (Santiago)
Eddie Torres (Palomo/Eliades)


Victory Gardens is proud to present Anna in the Tropics, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2003 ATCA-Steinberg Award. National attention will be focused on this powerful play by acclaimed Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz. Set in the sultry heat of 1920’s Ybor City, Florida, Anna in the Tropics depicts the struggles and loves of the Cuban-Americans who spent hour after steamy hour turning tobacco leaves into something sublime. Cruz imagines the catalytic effect the arrival of a new “lector,” who reads Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the workers as they toil in the cigar factory, has on the members of a Cuban-American family. Cruz celebrates the search for identity in a new land.

Production Team

Henry Godinez- Director
Mary Griswold – Scenic Designer
Jaymi Lee Smith – Lighting Designer
Judtih Lundberg – Costume Designer
Gustavo Leone – Sound Designer
Tina Jach – Stage Manager