Colony Theatre. From November 22 through 24, 2013.
A highly unconventional and innovative staging of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Anna in the Tropics” will be presented in three full-evening performances on Miami Beach. The original text by Nilo Cruz is transformed in this new production directed by Carlos Díaz of the famed Havana-based Teatro El Público, and performed in Spanish with English supertitles by members of Teatro El Público in collaboration with Miami performing artists Carlos Caballero, Lili Rentería and Mabel Roch, with a performance by Elizabeth Doud. Cuban guest artists include Osvaldo Doimeadios, Fernando Hechavarria, and Alexis Diaz de Villegas, among others. The notoriously irreverent Díaz’s unique new adaptation of the play updates and complicates the already inspired story via layers of contemporary ingredients that expand the work conceptually and resonate powerfully with Miami’s diverse immigrant communities and Cuban audiences alike.
Set in 1929 in Tampa, this now-classic drama showcases the plight of a community of cigar factory workers facing pressures from the mechanization of the cigar industry. The story focuses on a ‘lector’ – a person hired to read to workers in the factory. He is presumably the last of his breed as eminent industrialization is making his work obsolete. The personal struggles of the characters unfold as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is read in the factory, creating a narrative that elegantly blurs distinctions between art and life. This highly charged work explores themes immigration, conflicts about new technologies and lost traditions and the longing for passions beyond one’s reach.
Tickets are $35 and $25 with a $5 discount available for students and seniors. For tickets, please visit www.fundarte.us or call 305.316.6165.
FUNDarte at the Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139