Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz

A Cuban man sets out to recover memories of the 1939 voyage of the St Louis.  The ship left Nazi Germany for Cuba with German-Jewish refugees, only to be turned back.  In this imagined dream-play, the young man’s search for answers leads him to a German-born novelist living in New York who shares a connection to the ship. Together they fantasize a metaphysical love affair, weaving an inter-generational tale of romance and loss.  Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and producer and was the first Hispanic to take the Pulitzer prize for drama (2003), for his play Anna in the Tropics.  

SPECIAL DISCUSSION: The Poet & The Playwright

Portland Stage presents a special post-performance discussion following the November 13th 2pm Matinee: a conversation with historic inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Both men share Cuban roots, immigrated to the U.S., and write about identity through the lens of the Cuban-American experience in a lyrical style. Blanco will share selections of his writing, and he and Cruz will discuss the similarities of their work and their experiences as writers.

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Nilo Cruz

Nilo Cruz is a writer and producer, known for Anna in the Tropics, Castro’s Daughter and La mandrágora (1997). Cruz won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play Anna in the Tropics. He was the first Hispanic to take the Pulitzer prize for drama; And, additionally took the Steinberg, Helen Merrill and United States Artists award. Sotto Voce was commissioned and premiered by Theatre for the New City, in a production directed by Cruz himself. It was subsequently produced by Asolo Rep Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.

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