Anna in the Tropics (Library Edition Audio CDs)

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Starring Jimmy Smits, this poetic 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.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Alma Martinez, Jonathan Nichols, Winston Rocha, Onahoua Rodriguez, Adriana Sevan, Herbert Siguenza and Jimmy Smits.

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Mr. Cruz won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New Play for Anna In The Tropics. The play has had over fifteen productions, both in The United States (Broadway and regionally) and the U.K.

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...a play in which language is savored and emotions simmer. These are the reasons why it won the Pulitzer Prize. --TheatreMania.com

When Juan Julian, a new lector, arrives at the tobacco shop, lives will inexorably be changed as he navigates through the prose of Anna Karenina for the edification of the cigar rollers. Set in Florida in 1929, the characters battle each other and themselves about the changing times as they confront technology, equality, money and love, reflected in the passages read by Julian. Though provocative and provoking in its suggestions and themes, this performance doesn't have much to beyond that. Jimmy Smits's performance peaks with his charged passages from Tolstoy's novel, but throughout the rest of the play his performance proves less than stellar. Some memorable performances include Winston Rocha as Santiago and Onahoua Rodriguez as Marela, but overall, the building tension in the short play feels forced and the performers seem to know this. L.A. Theatre Works, perhaps recognizing the brevity of the performance of this surprise Pulitzer Prize winner, provides an interview with Jimmy Smits to round out the production. The interview provides some insight to the decisions and the motivations of the cast as well as the director and writer. --Library Journal

L.A. Theatre Works presents yet another production recorded live before an appreciative audience. Star Jimmy Smits embraces his role with verve and enthusiasm in this charming and passionate Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The entire cast rises to the occasion before the sensitive microphones, unreeling a torrid yet thoughtful romantic tragedy set among immigrant cigar-rollers in 1929 Florida. The surreal writing is translated warmly and creatively, making this listen a rare entertainment and making it clear other theater companies could easily follow this lead and add to the genre. A bonus interview with Smits adds some fascinating back story on the actor's reasons for making time for this project and why the play makes an important statement. --AudioFile Magazine

When Juan Julian, a new lector, arrives at the tobacco shop, lives will inexorably be changed as he navigates through the prose of Anna Karenina for the edification of the cigar rollers. Set in Florida in 1929, the characters battle each other and themselves about the changing times as they confront technology, equality, money and love, reflected in the passages read by Julian. Though provocative and provoking in its suggestions and themes, this performance doesn't have much to beyond that. Jimmy Smits's performance peaks with his charged passages from Tolstoy's novel, but throughout the rest of the play his performance proves less than stellar. Some memorable performances include Winston Rocha as Santiago and Onahoua Rodriguez as Marela, but overall, the building tension in the short play feels forced and the performers seem to know this. L.A. Theatre Works, perhaps recognizing the brevity of the performance of this surprise Pulitzer Prize winner, provides an interview with Jimmy Smits to round out the production. The interview provides some insight to the decisions and the motivations of the cast as well as the director and writer. --Library Journal

L.A. Theatre Works presents yet another production recorded live before an appreciative audience. Star Jimmy Smits embraces his role with verve and enthusiasm in this charming and passionate Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The entire cast rises to the occasion before the sensitive microphones, unreeling a torrid yet thoughtful romantic tragedy set among immigrant cigar-rollers in 1929 Florida. The surreal writing is translated warmly and creatively, making this listen a rare entertainment and making it clear other theater companies could easily follow this lead and add to the genre. A bonus interview with Smits adds some fascinating back story on the actor's reasons for making time for this project and why the play makes an important statement. --AudioFile Magazine

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