Anna in the Tropics Opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse on October 8

Anna in the Tropics Opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse on October 8



WHAT: “Anna in the Tropics.” The Pulitzer Prize winning romantic drama.

WHO: Written by Nilo Cruz. Directed by Corky Dominguez. Produced by Estelle Campbell and Christine Soldate for Sierra Madre Playhouse.

WHERE: Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking behind theatre.

WHEN: Oct. 8 – Nov. 13, 2010. Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2:30. Dark on Oct. 10. Gala Opening Night performance on Friday, October 8 is preceded by a light buffet and Champagne reception at 7:15 p.m.

ADMISSION: $20. Seniors (65+) and students (13-17), $17. Children 12 and under, $12.

RESERVATIONS: (626) 355-4318.


“Anna in the Tropics” is set in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929. The locale is Ybor City, a small town adjacent to Tampa, Florida. In those days, cigars are rolled by hand. Then as now, a Cuban seed hand-rolled cigar is a sought-after sensual delight.

The factory employs a lector to educate and entertain the workers as they engage day after day in their repetitive tasks. The lector is a man with a wonderful speaking voice who reads to the workers from books, making their labor bearable. The factorys old lector has died, so a new one is hired to take his place. The new man is Juan Julian, young, handsome and silken voiced.

The book he has chosen to read is Leo Tolstoys “Anna Karenina.” The Russian classic novel deals with, among its many concerns, a great romance, passion, and a married womans succumbing to illicit desires. Juan Julians skilled, soulful delivery of the narrative ignites certain feelings and emotions in the female workers. Some of the men become jealous.

Steamy Southern heat, lust, the sensuality of fine tobacco: These are the ingredients for the fierce tropical storm that is surely brewing.

The cast includes Gerry Del Sol, Serafin Falcon, Minerva Garcia, Eric Neil Gutierrez, Vanessa Marquez, Arturo Medina, Will Vasquez and Claudia Vazquez.

SOURCE Sierra Madre Playhouse

Anna in the Tropics Opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse on October 8