Playwright Nilo Cruz explores these predicaments in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics. Arena Stage has mounted the. This page guide for “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 2 chapters, as well as several more. Anna in the Tropics has ratings and 73 reviews. Brina said: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz is the Pulitzer winner for drama, making Cruz the.

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Toggle navigation Choose Section. The opening scene of the play contrasts two approaches toward life, one violent and the other reasoned.

Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

That this incredibly reactionary play won the Pulitzer in is indicative of the liberal multicultural nationalism of that historical moment. However, lack of a fresh water supply and an adequate distribution system for his cigars cemented Ybor’s decision to move his base of operations to the Tampa, Florida, tropisc, which had an established rail network and a recently improved port facility.

The city was named after Vicente Martinez Ybor, a Spaniard who, like his business partners Gavino Gutierrez and Ignacio Haya, immigrated to Cuba in the nineteenth century. It was the lector who informed, organized and entertained the workers until the s, when the rollers and the readers were replaced by mechanization. Juan Julian’s readings permit Marela and Conchita greater freedom of imagination with which to lead their lives and fulfill their dreams, and Ofelia, among others, feels a strong connection to the xruz as she moves forward into the future.

Palomo wants to know more about his wife’s sex crux, and she complies by providing him with salacious details that he seems to enjoy vicariously. Exploring the agricultural tropiics industrial development nili the tobacco industry from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the advent of the Castro regime, Stubbs’ book offers insights into why so many Cubans sought a more prosperous life in Tampa’s cigar factories.

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Seeking an outlet for her disappointment, she once again launches an attack against him for being unable to appreciate the finer points of literature.

Though the language Cruz uses in Anna in the Tropics is more like common speech compared to that of his other works, it is nevertheless charged with poetry that trolics what Randy Gener calls “a living image of the exile’s experience. Upon learning that he had won the award, Cruz had this to say quoted in an article in the New Theatre: And, like Williams, Cruz’s women are beautifully drawn and realized. Conchita, unhappily married to the unfaithful Palomo, begins an affair of annx own mirroring Anna Karenina’s with Juan Julian.

This sets off a chain of events that forces the characters to re-examine their lives and their outlooks on the world. Aug 09, Bethanie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Palomo explains his interest by saying that it stems from the “old habit” of listening, but Conchita does not accept this explanation. I wasn’t engaged with the characters, therefore i didn’t care what happened to them.

Each person would not utter a word directly to the other, and so, instead of resolving their conflict about finances, as they do once Marela leaves and silence fills the room, they might have failed to realize how beloved they really are to each other. Known to Ofelia and her daughters as the “Persian Canary” because “it’s like hearing a bird sing when he reads,” Juan Julian is a nill who believes in the restorative power of nature.

Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz

Not only is the context a dangerous This play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it was a well-deserved win. Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. The characters are relatable and very realistic. 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 iin a volatile combination.

Anna in the Tropics

Without him, many of the workers would have no knowledge of the outside world. Not really wanting to loan Santiago more tne, Cheche gives in when Santiago agrees to give his brother another share of the factory.


The text of the script provides a sound but naked framework for what should be a colorful, rhythmic, and sensual play, leaving open the possibility for a wide range of artistic interpretation. Ofelia and her daughters do everything within their power to hire a lector for the factory because they know cruzz the workers depend upon the lector as a source of information about the world.

Since this is a story of multiple passions gone on, a fiery despair should be projected by the characters in this award-winning tale set in a Cuban community in Tampa, Florida in Another, more comical example of how a triangular structure develops character relationships occurs when Marela intervenes in an argument between her mother and father, serving as an interpreter, or intermediary, crjz they are able to speak to each other directly. Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

It is not the first time being done, but I think just the contrast with the climate Anna Karenina is set in Russia, where it’s cold, and this story is set in Florida, the tropics, hence the title gives it a clever twist. Eventually, Ybor City rivaled Havana as a center for cigar production. Crjz reads a passage from the book, one told from the heroine’s perspective, that speaks of the shame and humiliation Anna feels for betraying her husband, yet the passion she feels for her lover, a passion which is returned in kind, is worth the price she must pay.

Like a good storyteller, especially one who wishes to keep his job, Juan Julian ends the story shortly thereafter to heighten the element of suspense.