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Anna in the Tropics

Written by: Nilo Cruz
Narrated by: full cast
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins

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Publisher's Summary

This poignant and poetic 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play captures 1929 Florida at a time when cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration. But when he 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.

Starring (in alphabetical order):
Alma Martinez as Ofelia
Jonathan Nichols as Palomo/Eliades
Winston Rocha as Santiago
Onahoua Rodriguez as Marela
Adriana Sevan as Conchita
Herbert Siguenza as Cheche
Jimmy Smits as Juan Julian

Also includes an interview with Jimmy Smits.

©2005 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2005 L.A. Theatre Works

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  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Drama, 2003

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  • Kristie
  • 17-12-08

Amazing performances

I wasn't able to see this on Broadway when it was being performed, but luckily found this recording with most of the original cast on Audible. While I know the play would have been amazing to see, there was a different but equally engrossing experience listening to the performances. Great cast. Jimmy Smits was especially fantastic.

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  • Arthur Wayu Kennedy
  • 24-09-17

A Pulitzer Well Deserved

Poetic, beautiful, heartbreaking and redemtive. The beat book I've ever heard. I highly recommend this performance.

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  • Laura Turner
  • 12-01-15

I adore this book!!

The cast is so talented. The story gets to me everytime. I listen to to the story almost every night and I always fall in love with the characters all over again!

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  • Macun
  • 17-02-13

Liked the emotion of the performers

It is the first time I listen to a dramatized story.
It was interesting, fun and surprising

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  • Kathleen McDonald
  • 08-09-11

Enjoyable play

I enjoyed the performance more than the story itself. It wasn't as gripping as some stories are.