Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Nilo Cruz for Anna in the Tropics
It has just been announced that author Nilo Cruz is the winner of the the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Anna in the Tropics.
Commissioned by the New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where Cruz served as playwright-in-residence during the 2001-2002 season, the play was presented there from October 12 through November 10, 2002. Set in Ybor City (Tampa), Florida in 1930, Anna in the Tropics is a romantic drama that tells the story of a family of cigar makers set against the backdrop of America during the Great Depression.
Contacted by TheaterMania this afternoon, Rafael de Acha, artistic director of the New Theatre, had this to say about Cruz's winning of the Pulitzer: "I'm still wiping away the tears, as corny as that sounds. I'm totally overwhelmed by the news. We will be doing another of Nilo's plays, Beauty of the Father, in our upcoming season. I'm so proud of him."