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Nilo Cruz's

Anna in the Tropics

March 20–April 17, 2022

Anna in the Tropics

By Nilo Cruz

Directed by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx

Shimmering with passion and poetry, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama weaves the tale of a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929 Florida where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to transport and inspire the workers as they toil on the factory floor. As a handsome and debonair new lector reads the words of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, the lives of the workers begin to parallel the novel. Old traditions and new ways collide while longing, love, and betrayal spark a volatile flame that signals the end of an era.

All audience members must show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required. All audience members 18 and older must show photo ID. If you need an accommodation to any of our policies, please be in touch with us in advance so we can work with you to meet your needs. Learn more about our Covid safety policy.

Please note that this production includes electric cigars, herbal cigars with a small mix of tobacco, and gunshot sounds.

Anna in the Tropics Production Photos

See the Spanish version of our teaser video.

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes plus one 15-minute intermission

"A great American play that poetically delivers a fascinating look into a simpler world we will never see again."

“A sultry, satisfying smoke! Tolstoy would be proud of this tropical connection to his saga."
-Pasadena Now

"Anna In The Tropics may have debuted a mere nineteen years ago, but with its exotic early 20th-century setting, its Greek Tragedy-worthy passions, and its Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it amply fulfills A Noise Within’s promise of ‘Classic Theatre, Modern Magic.’”

"Tropics is a drama for serious theatergoers who take the stage and the page seriously. "
-Hollywood Progressive

"Steamy, just like a 1920’s Cuban cigar factory in Tampa, Florida ought to be. If you’re lucky enough to catch ANW’s production of Anna in the Tropics, you will be entertained!"
-Colorado Boulevard

About the Play

Cuban-Born Playwright Nilo Cruz Discusses Art and Influences

Anna in the Tropics: First Rehearsal Recap

Q&A With Anna Director Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx


Producing Sponsor:
Alan & Sheila Lamson

artists + cast

The Artists


† Designer is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage
Managers in the United States.
ANW Resident Artist

Header photo by Daniel Reichert. Pictured: Jason Manuel Olazábal and Tania Verafield.