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"Anna in the Tropics" from 'Seat of Our Pants Readers Theatre Troupe'
UWM Kenilworth 508 Theater
Milwaukee, WI
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Seat of Our Pants Readers Theatre Troupe, in collaboration with The Milwaukee Entertainment Group, will present an enhanced staged reading of Nilo Cruzs 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Anna in the Tropics." The reading will be held at UW-Milwaukees Peck School of the Arts, Kenilworth Square East #508. This special production is an effort to help raise funds for the Peck School of the Arts after its devastating theatre fire of April 9, 2017.  

This unique event features an exciting, original, two-part program.  Setting the mood for the evening will be live contemporary Latin music played by two superb musicians of international acclaim, who are well-known to UWM audiences.  Elena Abend, of the piano faculty at UWM, and her husband, UWM alumnus Orlando Pimentel on clarinet, will present several sparklingly original works by Latin American composers.

Following this musical introduction, eight actors will present the complete two-act play,  Anna in the Tropics, with live Cuban music interludes integral to the script, delivered by the world-renowned classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo, also of Peck School of the Arts.

Nilo Cruz, the only Cuban-American Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, crafted a poignant, poetic play which remains topical today.  Against the current backdrop of improving relations with Cuba and increasing tourism to the island from the U.S., this drama tells a story of Cuban immigrants seeking success in the U.S.A. in the 1920s.  In small, family-owned cigar factories in Ybor City/Tampa, Cuban workers hand-rolled cigars while listening to trained readers, lectores, reading not only the news of the day and labor news, but also classical literature.  Although many workers were themselves illiterate, they became well-versed in literature and poetry by Cuban and European authors. In Anna in the Tropics, a new lector has just arrived, and he chooses to read Tolstoys Anna Karenina. Passion, betrayal, and conflict between new and traditional ideas fuel a remarkable climax.

Directed by Margaret Bridges
The Cast Includes:
Claudio J. Parrone, Jr.  
Roger Rivas
Nate Press
Kay Allmand
Shayne Steliga
Izetta Rees
Abigsil Stein
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UWM Kenilworth 508 Theater (View)
1915 East Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States



Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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