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.
Passage by Christopher Chen


Charin Alvarez* (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


Lucero Espinoza Calderon – U/S Mariela/Ensemble #2

Trey DeLuna – U/S Cheché

Jennifer Ledesma – U/S Ensemble 3/Musician

Selena Lopez – U/S Ofelia

Samuel Ramirez – U/S Santiago

Daniel Rivera – U/S Palomo/Ensemble 1

Jocelyn Zamudio – U/S Conchita


Laura Alcalå Baker (she/her)- Director

Monet Felton (they/them)- Assistant Director

Melody Contreras (she/her)- Dramaturg

Alexandra Oparka (she/her)- Stage Manager

Amanda Blanco (she/they)- Assistant Stage Manager

Micah Figueroa (he/him)- Violence and Intimacy Designer

Sebastian Fabál (he/him)- Music Director

Rigo Saura (he/him)- Movement Designer

Lauren Nichols (she/her)- Scenic Designer

Alyssa Mohn (she/her)- Asst. 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

Ellen Willett (she/they)- Production Manager

Lucy Whipp (she/her)- Asst. Production Manager

Harrison Ornelas (he/him)- Technical Director

Emily Altman (she/her)- Scenic Charge Artist

Christina Casano (she/her)- Creative Producer, Company Management, Covid Safety

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 upcoming 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)

Administrative Office

3759 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 124
Chicago, IL 60613

Performance Venue

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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