Merely Players Presents will be conducting auditions for Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz and directed by Sharon Estela. Rehearsals will run March and April, 2020 and show will run three weekends (May 1 through 17, 2020). This is a non-Equity production.
Looking for Latinx actors; preferably bi-lingual. Come prepared to read sides from the script. Sides available ahead of time by visiting www.merelyplayerspresents.com. You do not need to bring copies of sides to the audition as they will provided to you.
Dates of Auditions: December 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.
Address: The Atlanta Cuban Club, home of Merely Players Presents, 5797 New Peachtree Road, Doraville, GA 30340
Please arrive with headshot and resume if available; audition forms will be provided to complete upon your arrival. Also PLEASE bring any and all known conflicts for March, April, and May.
SANTIAGO, owner of a cigar factory, late 50’s
CHECHÉ, his half-brother, half-Cuban, half-American, early 40’s
OFELIA, Santiago’s wife, 50’s
MARELA, Ofelia and Santiago’s daughter, 22
CONCHITA, her sister, 32
PALOMO, her husband, 41
JUAN JULIAN, the lector, 38
ELIADES, local gamester, runs cockfights, 40’s
Summary: ANNA IN THE TROPICS by Nilo Cruz is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American 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.
Awards and Reviews: Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. "The words of Nilo Cruz waft from a stage like a scented breeze. They sparkle and prickle and swirl, enveloping those who listen in both a specific place and time—and in timeless passions that touch us all…In ANNA IN THE TROPICS, Cruz claims his place as a storyteller of intricate craftsmanship and poetic power…[Cruz] has turned out many wonderful plays—but none more shimmeringly beautiful than ANNA IN THE TROPICS." —Miami Herald. "In evoking the lost Cuban–American world of a Florida cigar factory in 1929, Mr. Cruz has created a work as wistful and affectingly ambitious as its characters. ANNA IN THE TROPIC reaches for the artistic heavens…" —NY Times. "…enticing and exotic…entrancingly lovely…" —Variety