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Southern Oregon University

by Nilo Cruz

As workers toiled in Florida's cigar-making factories in the early twentieth century, lectors would educate and entertain them by reading books aloud. When Juan Julian is hired as the new lector, he reads Anna Karenina to the workers. Tolstoy's tragic story unleashes desires and jealousies within a family bound by tradition.

“It is a passionate, explosive, tender play, one filled with Cruz’s poetic-evocative imagery, language that almost seems tactile.” — Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

Anna in the Tropics received the dramatic Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and was nominated as Best Play at the 2004 Tony Awards.

Show Times:

Thursday, February 19 (Preview) at 8:00 pm
Friday, February 20 (Opening) at 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 pm
Friday, February 27 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pm

Run length: Two hours with one fifteen-minute intermission

Director: Stephany Smith-Pearson

Cast: Jimmy Garcia (Santiago), Sam Ashdown (CheChe), Deborah Jensen (Ofelia), Joanna Ortiz (Marela), Danielle Chaves (Conchita), Gregg Land (Palomo), Jorge Paniagua (Juan Julian), Carlos Lopez (Eliades)

Designers: Amanda Patt (Scenic Design), Savel Sabol (Costume Design), Bridget Carlson (Lighting Design), Chris Sackett (Sound Design), Jonathan Stinson (Stage Manager)

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Photos by Brian Prechtel