Genre: Drama
By Nilo Cruz

To kick off the opening-night of Anna in the Tropics at York College, playwright Nilo Cruz, will make a special appearance and presentation about his play and his career as a Cuban-American artist/playwright. This event, sponsored by the Office of the President, the Pluralism and Diversity Committee, and the York College Theatre will begin at 4pm on Friday, October 17, 2008, followed by the performance of Anna in the Tropics at 5:30pm

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this lyrical and romantic story is an ode to great literature and a time gone by. Set in 1929, this play tells the story of a family of cigar workers whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new lector who reads Anna Karenina to the workers. The spirit of Tolstoy's novel affects each character, and with each chapter, new desires and jealousies erupt in the factory. Even the novel's deadly love triangle starts to play itself out. The play raises the dichotomy of a time when the sound of a human voice reading poetry is about to be replaced by the percussive sound of a factory full of machines.

The cast, under the direction of York College Associate Professor for Theatre Timothy J. Amrhein, features York College students: Joseph Grasso (Douglaston) as Santiago, Bency Pierre (Bellmore) as Cheché, Linda Mendivel (Jamaica) as Ofelia, Staci Ishmael (Valley Stream) as Marela, Francis Madi (Hempstead) as Conchita, Devon Phillips (Brooklyn) as Palomo, Erick Avila (Bronx) as Eliades, and Bijan Daryan (Bayside) as Juan Julian Rio.
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Open:   10/17/08
Close:   10/25/08

Fri., October 17 at 4pm
Sat. October 18 at 8pm
Sun., October 19 at 3pm
Tues., October 21 at 12Noon
Fri., October 24 at 8pm
Sat., October 25 at 2pm
Theater:   York College Little Theatre, Performing
Address:   94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
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Cost:$5.00, All tickets
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