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The Gallery Players bring Anna in the Tropics, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, to the stage in Park Slope, opening on October 20, 2018, running through November 4.

Take a trip to Cuba with The Gallery Players

The Gallery Players | Park Slope
Thursday, October 25, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018

The Gallery Players bring Anna in the Tropics, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, to the stage in Park Slope, opening on October 20, 2018, running through November 4.

Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in 1929 in a Cuban-American Florida cigar factory, where 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 begins to read 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.

The New York Times proclaimed, “Mr. Cruz has created a work as wistful and affectingly ambitious as its characters. Anna in the Tropics reaches for the artistic heavens…”

Director Mark Gallagher, who previously staged the Gallery Players’ productions of The Elephant Man, The 39 Steps, Proof, Equus and The History Boys returns with his own fresh interpretation of this prize winning drama.

“Anna in the Tropics may be even more timely and resonant in 2018 than when it originally premiered," said Gallagher. "I think we’re living in crass, myopic political times where the pursuit of the almighty buck is steamrolling the more poetic and artistic aspects of our lives in this country. This play takes place at a critical moment in time where a beloved aspect of Cuban (and in this case, Cuban-American) culture is at risk of being lost forever – trampled over by a blind pursuit of profit.”

GalleryTalks post-show conversation will take place immediately after the Sunday, October 28 performance.

Anna in the Tropics: Fabricio Santos & Abbi Hawk* (Photo by Michelle Danahy)

October 20 – November 4, 2018

Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8:00pm
Sun @ 3:00pm
Sat (Oct. 27 and Nov. 3) at 2:00pm

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The Gallery Players is Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater. Beloved on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, this “little theater that could” is located in one of Brooklyn’s most popular neighborhoods, Park Slope. Recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and numerous New York Innovative Theatre Awards, the Gallery Players is dedicated to producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals as well as premiering new works; providing opportunities for acting, directing, design, and musical talent, and quality experiences for audience members at affordable prices.