March 22, 2023
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says we should not be fooled by the play's title.

"Anna in the Tropics" is not an adaptation of one oft those old South Sea islands movies featuring exotic young women in sarongs. This is the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Nilo Cruz. It is set in the 1920s and is currently appearing at the Riverside Community' Players theater under the direction of Kathryn Gage.

Gage says she wanted to do this play because it provided a way to reach the Latin-American audience and also offered an opportunity to spotlight Latino performers.

She also says that the drama is based on historical fact. It takes place in a cigar rolling factory in Florida and spotlights a lector who reads to the workers, providing both entertainment and education.

It's an opportunity, she says, to show how education can enhance the lives of everybody. And by the way, she adds, audiences won't have to worry about cigar smoke. Her cast members do not smoke; they only roll.
Episode Date: January 23, 2009
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