Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Florida, 1929: a Cuban-American family eagerly awaits the arrival of a new lector to read aloud to their cigar factory workers. When he introduces them to Anna Karenina, a hot and humid Tampa factory starts to mirror the scandalous Russian aristocracy of Tolstoy’s classic. Love, revenge, passion, and tragedy abound in this award-winning drama.


— Miami Herald

Trailer by Jack Davis, LoonarCity

Photos by Dan Norman, 2016 |


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Larissa Kokernot, Director

Larissa Kokernot is very happy to be making her directing debut at the Jungle Theater with Anna in the Tropics. In the Twin Cities, she has directed for companies such as Eye of the Storm, where she served as Artistic Associate for six seasons, Ten Thousand Things and for the Guthrie BFA program. Regionally, Larissa has directed at the Chautauqua Theatre Company, Indiana Rep, California Rep, La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she was the 2007 Phil Killian Directing Fellow. Off-Broadway, she directed FUBAR for Project Y at 59e59. Larissa is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles where she has directed Three Sisters, Family Planning (Ovation Awards for Best Play in an Intimate Theatre and for Director), Stray, Full Disclosure, Mommune and Uncle Vanya. Work at other Los Angeles theaters includes Gruesome Playground Injuries for Rogue Machine, which also traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, and FUBAR at Theatre of Note. Larissa has an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, San Diego. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Karl Gajdusek, and their sons Kade and Nicholas.

Nilo Cruz, Playwright

Nilo Cruz is the author of many plays, including A Park in Our House, A Bicycle Country, Two Sisters and a Piano, Lorca in a Green Dress, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Dancing on Her Knees, Night Train to Bolina, Beauty of the Father, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and translations of The House of Bernarda Alba and Dona Rosita, the Spinster. His plays have been produced throughout the country at numerous theatres, including The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, New Theatre (Coral Gables, FL), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ), Florida Stage, Alliance Theatre Company (Atlanta), Coconut Grove Playhouse (Miami), Magic Theatre (San Francisco), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Anna in the Tropics, the Alton Jones Award, and the Kesselring Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, ATandT, the Kennedy Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Cruz is a professor at the Yale School of Drama. He resides in New York City, and is a New Dramatists alumnus.

Sarah Bahr, Costume Designer

Sarah Bahr’s recent costume design credits include Romeo & Juliet (Minnesota Opera), The Passage (7th House Theater), Lion King Jr. (Stages Theatre), Go Ask Alice (Mixed Blood Theatre), Donald Giovanni: A Picnic Operetta (Mixed Precipitation), Pavilion (Yellow Tree Theater), Juniper Tree (Open Eye Figure Theatre.) Sarah serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Design and Technical Theatre M.FA. from the University of Minnesota, a Studio Art M.A. from New York University, and a Design and Technical Theatre B.F.A. from University of Minnesota Duluth. More info at

Barry Browning, Lighting Designer

Barry has been a freelance lighting designer in the Twin Cities for 30 years. He has been the lighting designer for over 80 Jungle Theater productions. He has also designed lighting for the Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da, Children’s Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theater, Walking Shadow Theater Company, the Ordway, Zenon Dance Company, Danny Buraczeski’s Jazz Dance, North Star Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theater Company, and Prince’s production of Ulysses, among others. He has also worked with New York’s Joyce Theater, Switzerland’s STEP Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Aruba International Festival, and Central Children’s Theater in Moscow. In 2012, he received an Ivey Award for Best Lighting in the Jungle’s production of Dial ‘M’ for Murder. Barry is currently a McKnight Theater Artist Fellow, at the Playwrights’ Center.

Andrea Heilman, Scenic Designer

Andrea Heilman is pleased to be returning to The Jungle Theater, where she designed Bars and Measures last season. Some other favorite local designs include Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet and The Brothers Size with Pillsbury House at the Guthrie Theatre; The New Electric Ballroom and Vinegar Tom with Frank Theatre; The Beauty Queen of Leenane with Theater pro rata; A Cool Drink A Water, Somebody/Nobody, Agnes Under the Big Top, and Red Ink with Mixed Blood Theatre; Robots vs Fake Robots with Walking Shadow; The Arsonists and Tartuffe at the American University in Cairo. Andrea holds a B.A. in theater from Macalester College, an M.F.A. in design from Brandeis University, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Susquehanna University.

C. Andrew Mayer, Sound Designer

C. Andrew Mayer has worked at the Jungle more or less consistently since 1993. In that time he has designed more than 30 productions, and has also spilled blood, sweat, and tears on numerous projects in various corners of the many spaces the theatre has utilized over the years. Most recently he designed Constellations and The Night Alive. Other favorite shows include Detroit, The Seafarer, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, House of Blue Leaves, Bus Stop, and Krapp’s Last Tape/Diary of a Madman. He has worked with many fine theatre companies in the Twin Cities and elsewhere, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City, where he won an Audelco Award for Pure Confidence at 59E59. He was a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow and in summer serves as Producing Director at the Acadia Repertory Theatre on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

John Novak, Stage Manager, Properties

John has worked at the Jungle since 1997. He enjoys the roles of Season Stage Manager, Prop Manager, and Sound and Lighting Operator for four shows every season. Prior to working at the Jungle, he was a stage manager and assistant director for regional opera companies in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Dallas, Boston, Tulsa, and Pittsburgh. He has also worked as a technician at many Twin Cities venues.

"Larissa Kokernot’s poetic production situates the play somewhere between reality and dreams and, as a result, anything seems possible.” — Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

"This production takes the sensuality of the words in the script and brings them to full life onstage in a way that easily swept the audience right along with it. Anna in the Tropics is the kind of play you enjoy surrendering to.” — Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

"The strength of director Larissa Kokernot’s production is in its patient, tender evocation of a time and place where great novels were savored as deliberately as fine cigars.” — Jay Gabler, City Pages

"[Anna in the Tropics] makes you think about just how much impact the stories we hear and the stories we tell enact upon our lives.” — Tierney Chlan, Say Entirely

"Anna in the Tropics will transport you to steamy Tampa, Florida, and will remind you of the importance of stories and their transformative properties.” — Laura Kulm, Twin Cities Stages

"[Anna in the Tropics] leaves audiences reflecting on...the intricate relationship that is the real world and our own creations.” — Katie Fraser, MN Fusion

"...sensual imagery, poetry, and richly evocative metaphor...” — Kit Bix, Talkin' Broadway

"[Anna in the Tropics is] a welcome (and necessary) breath of fresh air and, with any luck, will be the start of a new era in the Twin Cities theater scene.” — Madison Bloomquist, Mpls./St. Paul Magazine

"Storytelling is magical, it allows us to escape into other worlds, to imagine how other people feel. Such is the power of Anna Karenina for the factory workers, such is the power of theater over me.” — Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

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Adlyn Carreras (Ofelia)

Adlyn Carreras was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She came to Minnesota on a scholarship to study at Macalester College, where she majored in Latin American Studies with a core concentration in Literature and a minor in Biology. After living in Hawaii, D.C., and Puerto Rico, Adlyn came back to Minnesota and began acting in the Twin Cities. She has performed at Pangea World Theater, Mixed Blood, Park Square, Penumbra, and Teatro del Pueblo. She has also been in various commercials and Industrial films. Most recently, Adlyn works as Office Manager and Ensemble Member at Pangea World Theater, as a Teaching Artist for the Neighborhood Bridges program at Children’s Theater Company, and one of the Monologue Artists for Penumbra Theater’s Race Workshop. Her next project is with LoudMouth Collective, where she will be performing as Mary in The Testament of Mary. Adlyn is grateful to all her friends and family who have supported her on this journey.

Cristina Florencia Castro (Marela)

Cristina Castro is a playwright/performer who hails from San Antonio, Texas, and has been based in Minneapolis since 2007. Her recent honors include the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights of Color at The Playwrights’ Center and the Silver Award in Playwriting from the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Florida. As a performer, she has acted in the Twin Cities with theaters such as Mixed Blood (The House of Spirits), Park Square (August: Osage County), Delako Arts (The Shape of Things), Market Garden Theatre (Three Days of Rain), Theater Coup d’Etat (Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet), the Playwrights’ Center, Teatro del Pueblo (Quita Mitos), Little Lifeboats (Parhelion), and History Theater (RAW STAGES New Works Festival). Cristina is a 2011 alumna of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program.

Juan Rivera Lebron (Juan Julian)

Juan Rivera Lebron is delighted to be making his Jungle debut and be a part of this amazing cast! Great Lakes Theater: Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Costard in Love’s Labors Lost, Sylvius in As You Like It, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Clown in The Winter’s Tale and Cleante in The Imaginary Invalid. Other selected credits include Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice and Florizel in The Winter’s Tale at The Guthrie Theater. Seven seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Sylvio in Servant of Two Masters, Rodolfo in A View from the Bridge, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Bicycle Pants in Lorca in a Green Dress. B.F.Aa, Carnegie Mellon University. Member of the U.S. delegation to the Unesco/ITI World Congress in Madrid, Spain, 2008. Recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship funded by the William and Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theater Communications Group. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to C, A, O and B for their love and support. Follow me @: twitter/juanlebron or FB/juanriveralebron.

Nora Montanez (Conchita)

Nora Montañez, born in Peru and raised in Paterson, New Jersey (Exit 57A), holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University. Nora has spent the last several years in Chicago and is excited to return Minneapolis. While in Chicago she had the privilege in working with Congo Square, Something Marvelous, Teatro Vista, and Court Theatre. Nora’s Minneapolis credits include The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theater, The Playwright Center, Mu Performing Arts, Mixed Blood Theatre, and others. Nora is thrilled to remake Minneapolis as her artist home and to work with the Latinx community on a new theater project, Teatrunidos. Nora would also like to thank her husband Seth and her little Candelita. “Los adoro con toda mi alma. Sin ustedes, no estaría completa.”

Rich Remedios (Eliades/Palomo)

Rich Remedios is thrilled to be making his debut at Jungle Theater in Anna in the Tropics. His other credits include Broadway productions of An Inspector Calls and Love! Valour! Compassion! Recent credits in the Twin Cities include Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue at Park Square Theatre and Purple Cloud with Mu Performing Arts. He has also done work with Pillsbury House Theatre, The Playwrights Center, Frank Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit, and Milwaukee Rep. Film and television roles include the independent films The Public Domain and To Say Goodbye, Lifetime’s hit TV show Drop Dead Diva, and recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. Rich holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of South Carolina and is a certified Meisner Teacher from True Acting Institute. He runs his own acting studio, Twin Cities Actor Training, where he teaches Meisner Technique and audition technique and has been an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University and Clayton State University, as well as a guest teacher at Macalester College.

Al Clemente Saks (Santiago)

Al is delighted to make his first appearance at the Jungle. His other Twin Cities theater credits include roles with Lakeshore Players, Theater In The Round Players, Open Window Theater, Sabes JCC, The Gremlin, DayTrippers Theater, The Lab, Gadfly Theater and Theater Garage. He has also been active in various local film projects. Born and raised in Denver, he has called the Twin Cities his home since 1992. Al has an M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Illinois. He studied acting at Colorado State University and locally at the Guthrie.

Dario Tangelson (Cheche)

Dario Tangelson is an Argentinean-born performer, director, and theater teacher who first came to the United States on a Fulbright professional training program. In Argentina, he participated in theater, film and television, while teaching mask technique at the IUNA and Lanús universities. In New York he collaborated with ensemble theater companies such as International Wow, NTUSA, Flying Machine and Repertorio Español and continued his teaching work through the Museo del Barrio and The New School University. In Minneapolis he has worked as a teacher for mask technique workshops for Macalester College, the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts and is an Artist Teacher in Residence through the Guthrie’s Education department. He has also directed plays at Concordia College, Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota/B.A. and Guthrie/B.F.A. Programs. As a performer he has worked with Sod House Theatre, Theater Forever, Mixed Blood and the Guthrie Theatre. He has also performed and directed shows for Live Action Set, Four Humors, Dangerous Productions and Interact Center.