THEATRE BRIEFS by scott leonard

Amigos del REP is a theatre advocacy council of community members and artists who promote Hispanic/Latino/Chicano theatre at San Diego Repertory Theatre. This month, Amigos del REP will present a live-stream reading of Anna in the Tropics, the prize- winning play by Nilo Cruz. The play reading will be streamed Monday, February 15 through

Thursday, February 18. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, this lush romantic drama depicts a family of cigar makers whose loves and lives are played out against the backdrop of Depression-era America. Set in 1930 in Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, Cruz imagines the catalytic effect the arrival of a new “lector” (who reads Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the workers as they toil in the cigar factory) has on a Cuban-American family. Cruz is a young Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States, including the Public Theater (New York City), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, California), Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater (Princeton, New Jersey) and New Theatre (Coral Gables, Florida). His other plays include Night Train to Bolina, Two Sisters and a Piano,

Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, and Anna in the Tropics.

THE OUTSIDERS S.E. Hinton’s gritty coming-of-age story follows the “Greasers,”

narrator Ponyboy Curtis and his friends, as they navigate teenage angst and class warfare in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ponyboy struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. “As he steps out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,” a series of events unfold that prove to Ponyboy that

the hardships that greasers and their rivals, the “Socs” (short for Socials), face may take different practical forms, but that the members of both groups — and youths everywhere — must inevitably come to terms with fear, love and sorrow. Laguna Playhouse will present this video-on-demand perfor-

mance from Friday, February 19 through Sunday February 28.

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