MAINSTAGE—Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize

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June 28
through July 24


Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics, centers on a sultry and steamy cigar factory in 1929 Tampa, Florida, where the lives of a Cuban-American family are challenged by the vices and temptations that surround them. The factory owner, Santiago, wrestles with a gambling addiction that’s emboldened by his half-brother, while his daughters, unhappy in their respective relationships, long for the affection of the factory’s handsome lector. Romance, lust, and jealousy collide as the family confronts the discontent in their lives, as a wave of modernization threatens to dispel the very traditions they hold dear.

Directed by Marcos Santana.

Written by Nilo Cruz.

The cast includes Christian Barillas as CheChe (Yerma, Native Gardens, As You Like It); Maria Isabel Bilbao as Marela (In The Heights, On Your Feet!, Next to Normal); Serafin Falcon as Santiago (Hurricane, Tsunami, and Color of Desire); Iliana Guibert as Ofelia (Superstitions, It's Okay, Voices from a Pandemic); Gullermo Ivan as Paloma/Eliades (El Desconocido, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Lady of Guadalupe); Anthony Michael Martinez as Juan Julian (Comedy of Errors, 39 Steps, Alabama Shakespeare); and Christine Spang as Conchita (Lucky, The Drunken City, Succession).


*This presentation contains depictions of sexual assault and gun violence. The use of alcohol and tobacco products is present throughout.




The 2022 Mainstage Season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; Town of Southampton; The Shubert Foundation; Suffolk County Office of Film & Cultural Affairs; fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning; AARP Long Island; Adam Miller Group; Advantage Title; Air Hamptons; Baron’s Cove; Bartlett Tree Experts; CeeJack Team of Compass Real Estate; Corcoran; Dayton, Ritz & Osborne Insurance; DIME; East End Awning; East End Tick & Mosquito Control; First Coastal; Fisher Signs & Shirts; Greg D’Angelo; Grenning Gallery; Harbor Pets; Hollander Design Landscape Architects; Jane Holden; BHS; Maggio Environmental Services; Mala Sander + Team; National Grid; North American Air Charter; Northwell Health; Peconic Bay Medical Center; Propane Depot; PSEG Long Island; REVCO Lighting; Sag Harbor Books; Six Sigma Auto Group; SOTHEBY’S; Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; The Awning Company; The Wharf Shop; Twin Forks Pest Control; Unlimited Earth Care; Weber & Grahn; and Weill Cornell Medicine.