Anna in the Tropics

by Nilo Cruz
directed by Laura Alcalá Baker
February 8 – March 19, 2023
In a Cuban American cigar factory just outside Ybor City in 1929, a charismatic lector reads Anna Karenina aloud to pass the hours. As Anna’s passions are enunciated, the workers’ hidden desires bubble to the surface, becoming a powderkeg that must eventually explode in the Florida heat. Nilo Cruz’s passionate classic shines an unrelenting light on the search for identity in the American landscape.

Please be advised that this production uses a hazer, the sound of gunshots, and depicts gun violence, including the use of a handgun on stage.


This play contains sexual situations, sexual violence, the use of a hazer, the sound of gunshots, gun violence, the use of a handgun, ableism, and colorism.

Rehearsal Photos


Charín Álvarez (she/her) – Ofelia
Eduardo Curley-Carillo (he/him) – Cheché
Dano Duran (he/him) – Santiago
Arash Fakhrabadi (he/him) – Juan Julian
Jalbelly Guzmán (she/her) – Ensemble 2
Roberto Mantica (he/him) – Palomo
Jonathan Olivares (they/she/he) – Ensemble 1 & Juan Julian U/S
Krystal Ortiz (she/they) – Conchita
Tina Muñoz Pandya (she/her) – Ensemble 3/Musician
Alix Rhode (she/her) – Marela

Ruben Carrazana (he/him) – U/S Santiago
Adriel Irizarry – U/S Swing
Ana Ortiz-Monasterio Draa (she/her) – U/S Ofelia
Esme Perez (she/her) – U/S Ensemble 3/Musician
Laura Quiñones (she/her) – U/S Marela/Ensemble 2
Daniel Rivera (he/him) – U/S Palomo/Ensemble 1
Alex Benito Rodriguez (he/him) – U/S Cheché
Jocelyn Zamudio (she/her) – U/S Conchita


Laura Alcalá Baker (she/her)- Director
Monet Felton (they/them)- Assistant Director
Melody Contreras (she/her)- Dramaturg
Jean Compton (she/her)- Stage Manager
Micah Figueroa (he/him)- Violence and Intimacy Designer
J. Sebastian Fabál (he/him)- Music Director
Rigo Saura (he/him)- Movement Designer
Lauren Nichols (she/her)- Scenic Designer
Gregory Graham (he/him)- Costume Designer
Aija Moreno (she/her)- Asst. Costume Designer
Claire Sangster (she/her)- Lighting Design
Peter Clare (they/them)- Sound Design
Ariel A. Castañeda (he/him)- Asst. Sound Designer
Rowan Doe (they/he)- Props Designer
Addoris Davis (they/she)- Production Manager
Lucy Whipp (she/her)- Asst. Production Manager
Harrison Ornelas (he/him)- Technical Director
Emily Altman (she/her)- Scenic Charge Artist
Gabi Sitze- Martin (she/her)- Wardrobe Supervisor
Christina Casano (she/her)- Creative Producer, Company Management, Covid Safety

About the Cast


Charin Álvarez’ theatre credits include: “Passage”, “Skin of Our Teeth” & “Clean House” w/Remy Bumppo; “I am not your perfect Mexican daughter”, “La Ruta” , “ Infidel”, “Ordinary Yearning”, “Fermi”@Steppenwolf Theatre “Lettie”, “Mojada”, “Oedipus El Rey”, “Anna in the Tropics”, “A Park in the House” at Victory Gardens Theatre; the Scene” @ Writer’s theatre; “2666”, “Pedro Paramo”, “El Nogalar”, “Dollhouse” & “Electricidad”at Goodman Theatre; “ In the time of the Butterflies”, “Our Lady of the Underpass”, “I put the fear of Mexico in ‘em”, “Dreamlandia”, “Another Part of the House”w/Teatro Vista; “Water by the Spoonful” at Court Theatre; “Work of Art” at Chicago Dramatist Theatre; “What We Once Felt” w/About Face Theatre; “Kita & Fernanda” w/16th Street theatre; “Esperanza Rising” w/Chicago Children’s Theatre; “Two Sisters and a Piano” at Apple Tree Theatre; Generic Latina w/Teatro Luna; “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” w/Aguijon Theatre. Film/TV credits include: “Paper Girls”; “Ripple Effects”; “Chicago Med”; “Easy”; “Shameless”; “Chicago Fire”; “Mob Doctor”; “Boss”; “Chicago Code”; “Approach Alone”; “Rooftop Wars”; “Arc of a Bird”; “Were the World Mine”; “Chicago Overcoat”; “First and Only Lesson”; “Dogwalker”; “Rogers Park”; “Olympia: Manual on how to live your life”, “Signature Move”; “En Algun Lugar”; “Princess Cyd”; “Single File”; “Teacher”; “Hala”, “Saint Frances” ; “The Rounding“; “Heartsong”; “Museum”; “Last Drop” “Single Car Crashes” 


Eduardo Curley returns to Remy Bumppo, having performed in Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo (2016) and understudied in Tom Stoppard’s Pirandello’s Henry IV (2016). Chicago credits include Nancy García Loza’s RUST (The Goodman’s New Stages); Isaac Gomez’ The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys (Jeff Award, Steep Theatre); A Doll’s House (Writer’s Theatre); Bilal Dardai’s The Man Who Was Thursday (Lifeline Theatre). Regional credits include Marisela Treviño Orta’s The River Bride (American Players Theatre); Bryna Turner’s At The Wedding (TheatreSquared); The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance (Pasadena Playhouse); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Children’s Theater of Madison). Film credits include Station Eleven (HBO). New media credits include Lake Song (Tribeca Official Selection, Apple Podcasts Recommended, Make-Believe Association); Brava (Make-Believe Association); The Last Hermanos (A Red Orchid Theatre). Thank you for supporting live theater, we count on you to help us fill these seats and tell these stories.

DANO DURAN (Santiago)

Dano Duran is thrilled to work with Remy Bumppo for the first time. His most recent Chicago credits include Killing Game (A Red Orchid Theatre); Traitor (A Red Orchid Theatre); Living Newspaper (Jackalope Theatre); The Room (A Red Orchid Theatre). Television and Film credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), ER (NBC), The Last Shift (Sony Pictures) and The Quiet (Silva Company Productions). Dano is a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.


Arash Fakhrabadi is an Iranian-Mexican-American actor and improviser dedicated to storytelling. He received his BFA in Acting from Cal-State Fullerton under Sventlana-Efremova Reed. Chicago credits include RUST (Goodman Theatre; New Stages Festival), Layalina (Goodman Theatre; New Stages Festival), The Leopard Play or sad songs for lost boys (Steep Theatre), & Chicago Fire (NBC). Arash Fakhrabadi is represented by Gray Talent Group & Odenkirk-Provissiero Entertainment.


Jalbelly is a proud, first generation, Dominican-American artist. Educational background includes her AS and AA degrees from Florida School of the Arts, and a BFA in Musical Theatre (Dance Emphasis) from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Her Chicago credits include: Measure for Measure, (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Romeo & Juliet, (Teatro Vista); Killed a Man (Joking), (First Floor Theatre & The Sound); Virgins, (Jackalope Theatre Co.), Laced, (About Face Theatre). Regional work: West Side Story (The Encore Musical Theatre Company). For the occasional life update, follow @Jalbelly on all social platforms.



JONATHAN OLIVARES (Ensemble 1 & Juan julian U/S)

Jonathan Moises Olivares was born in Hollywood, CA, raised in North Carolina, and is happy to split the difference and make Chicago their new home. Some of their recent credits include How To Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe (Humana Festival); and When Harry Met Rehab (Greenhouse Theater). Jonathan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a former Acting Apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and part of the inaugural acting fellowship in Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Mentorship Program. This past year Jonathan completed THE ACADEMY at Black Box and participated in The School at Steppenwolf. They are beyond grateful for all the love and light their friends, family, and community have poured into them! Jonathan is represented by Gray Talent.


Krystal Ortiz is a Cuban-American actor, singer, and playwright originally from Miami, Florida. Krystal has performed all over Chicago in plays such as Verböten (The House Theatre), X (Sideshow Theatre Company), For Services Rendered (Griffin Theatre Co), Lettie (Victory Gardens), La Havana Madrid (Teatro Vista, Goodman Theatre), and The Fly Honey Show (The Inconvenience). Regional Credits include: Quixote Nuevo (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Kid Prince and Pablo (New York Stage & Film Powerhouse; Ars Nova). As a playwright, Krystal is developing LOS FRIKIS— a historical musical centering the Cuban punk rock community and its powerful relationship to the HIV epidemic in the 80s & 90s. Krystal was nominated for a 3Arts Awards in Theater in 2021. Krystal is an alumnus of New World School of the Arts and The Theatre School at DePaul University. They are represented by Stewart Talent Chicago.

TINA MUÑOZ PANDYA (Ensemble 3/Musician)



Alix is a born and raised Chicagoland artist represented by Gray Talent Group. She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Credits include: Maruja in La Havana Madrid (Teatro Vista/Collaboraction), Maria Elena in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Maples Repertory Theatre), Carmela/Mami in Carmela Full of Wishes (Chicago Children’s Theater), the Bless the Lord Soloist in Godspell (Theo Ubique), Inez in Zorro: The Musical (Music Theater Works), and most recently Mimi Márquez in RENT (Porchlight Music Theatre). Many thanks to her ever-supportive family, friends and amazing agents! Find Alix on all social media @alixrhode and

About the Director


Laura Alcalá Baker is a Chicago-based director and new play developer. She served as the Casting Director/Artistic Programs Manager at Victory Gardens Theater from 2016-2019 leading programs such as The Access Project and Directors’ Inclusion Initiative. Laura has developed and directed multiple new works including Isaac Gomez’s The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys (Steep Theatre), The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia (DCASE, Greenhouse Theater Center), Omer Abbas Salem’s The Secretaries (First Floor Theater) and Nancy García Loza’s Bull, a love story (Paramount Theatre)

About the Playwright

NILO CRUZ (Playwright)

Nilo Cruz is the author of many plays, including A park in our House, A Bicycle Country, Two Sisters and a Piano, Lorca in a Green Dress, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Dancing on Her Knees, Night Train to Bolina, Beauty of the Father, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and translations of The House of Bernarda Alba and Dona Rosita, The Spinster. His plays have been produced throughout the country at numerous theatres, including The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, New Theatre (Coral Gables, FL), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ), Florida Stage, Alliance Theatre Company (Atlanta), Coconut Grove Playhouse (Miami), Magic Theatre (San Francisco), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Anna in the Tropics, the Alton Jones Award and the Kesselring Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, the Kennedy Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Cruz is a professor at the Yale School of Drama. He resides in New York City, and is a New Dramatists alumnus. (Dramatists Play Service)

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