Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama, ANNA IN THE TROPICS by acclaimed Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, is set in the sultry heat of 1929 Ybor City, Florida. With factory mechanization on the rise, a group of Cuban-American immigrants maintain the cigar rolling industry with pride and tradition. Cigar factory owners continue the tradition brought from Cuba of hiring lectors to educate and entertain while the workers hand-roll cigars. As they toil away in the factory, a well-dressed and well-spoken lector arrives and reads “Anna Karenina” to them, igniting their passions even as they struggle to uphold tradition in the face of encroaching modernity. This is a play about the threat of change in a world where time is money and the search for identity in a new land.
"In evoking the lost Cuban–American world of a Florida cigar factory in 1929, Mr. Cruz has created a work as wistful and affectingly ambitious as its characters. ANNA IN THE TROPIC reaches for the artistic heavens…" --New York Times
Language of Angels begins in a cave on the edge of a rural North Carolina town, where a young girl once went missing. One of nine friends is responsible for her death, yet her ghostly, echoed cries will haunt each of them forever. The story unfolds and morphs into a multi-layered musing on grief, loss, guilt and karma as the missing girl's life and death reveals itself one piece at a time. Hidden beneath a haunting and mysterious exterior, Language of Angels is ultimately a touching and deeply heartfelt play. As the surviving friends come to terms with their own mortality, they must also face the truth about their childhood and the regret and guilt their mistakes have caused them.
“An important and arresting talent, Iizuka has infused Language of Angels with a humming, explosive energy— she uses language like a loaded weapon.” --Seattle Times
In coordination with our Community Day Celebration, join us for an evening of performance that promises to entertain and illustrate the power of the arts at Harper College. Featuring Harper Ensemble Theatre Company Alumni, who will revisit scenes and songs from 50 years of musical theatre along with select performances from some of the Harper Music Programs most gifted graduates. Join us for what promises to be a joyful reunion!
HAIR, the original American Tribal Love Rock Musical, made its world premiere 50 years ago during the 1967-1968 Broadway theatre season and established the genre of Rock Musical, a mantle carried by shows as diverse as JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RENT, and AMERICAN IDIOT. HAIR tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, HAIR carries the same funk/rock sound that had conquered the world of popular music fifty years ago. With explosive and revolutionary proclamations of profanity and hard rock it shook the musical theatre to its roots.*