Ground Floor Theater Announces Cast of ANNA IN THE TROPICS Austin Premiere


The Ground Floor Theater has announced the cast for the premiere of Anna in the Tropics in Austin. winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by Nilo Cruz and directed by Carl Gonzales from August 12-27, 2022 at the Ground Floor Theatre. Tickets on sale now.

Shimmering with passion and poetry, this lush romantic drama embodies a cigar-making family whose loves and lives are set against the backdrop of Depression-era America. Set in Ybor City (Tampa) in 1929, Cruz celebrates the search for a new identity and a new land weaving the story of a Cuban-American cigar factory with the arrival of a new “reader” who casts a spell over the workers, transforming their passions and desires through the assertive passion for art.

With Ben Bazán as Juan Julian, Davis Segura as Santiago, Tonie Knight as Ophelia, Cherry Mendoza as Marela, Briana Garcia as Conchita, Michael Galvan as Palomo and Ranferi Salguero as Cheché.

“It’s one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking storylines I’ve had the pleasure of directing. The cast is as incredible as the story, and we look forward to sharing this wonderful work with our close community and far away,” said director Carl Gonzales. .

Led by Carol Gonzales, the production team includes set design by Maggie Armendariz, lighting design by Jacqueline Sindelar, costume design by Desireé Humphries, graphic design by Erica Moreno with Kellan diDonato as as Technical Director, Andy Grapko as Intimacy Director and Remy Joslin. as production manager.

Performance details:

Anna in the tropics | August 12 – 27, 2022

by Nilo Cruz | Directed by Carl Gonzales

Stage design by Maggie Armendariz | Lighting design by Jacqueline Sindelar | Costume design by Désirée Humphries

With: Ben Bazan, Michael Galvan, Briana Garcia, Tonie Knight, Cherry Mendoza, David Segura and Ranferi Salguero

Anna in the Tropics (2003 Pulitzer winner) is a poignant and poetic play set in 1929 Florida at a Cuban-American cigar factory, where cigars are still hand-rolled and “readers” are employed to educate and entertain workers. The arrival of a new reader is cause for celebration, but when he begins to read Anna Karenina aloud, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove to be a volatile element. combination.

Performances will be held August 12-27, 2022 at the Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Road, Austin, TX, corner of Springdale and the airport. Performances take place from Thursday to Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The August 12 “First Friday” performance includes a reception. An industry performance Wednesday on August 24 at 8:00 p.m. The Ground Floor Theater believes in “theatre for everyone”, regardless of ability to pay, so tickets are always Pay What You Can. Suggested ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP. VIP seating includes a reserved seat, a glass of champagne and the assurance of helping GFT comply with the Pay What You Can policy.

SEASON PASSES: Season passes are available for the 2022 season for the two remaining shows (Anna in the Tropics, and a soon-to-be-announced musical). Season passes are a way for customers to support GFT’s Pay What You Can policy by paying a little extra for tickets. Passes can be used as you wish – among all tickets for one show or spread over the whole season. Passes for the remaining 2022 season are $90 per pass. Passes for the 2023 season, to be announced shortly, are now available at $200 per pass. For more information or to purchase a season pass, please visit


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