November 2010, Volume 14, Number 5

Alumni News

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Pulls at Heartstrings

Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, professor and MDC Hall of Fame alumnus.

Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, professor and MDC Hall of Fame alumnus Nilo Cruz recently came home to South Florida for the world premiere of his new play, The Color of Desire, which was performed at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.

A graduate of MDC’s Prometeo Theatre, Cruz is best known for his 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Anna in the Tropics – which made him the first Latino to be so honored.

In The Color of Desire, Cruz again draws upon his talent for writing lyrical plays of great emotional impact with a hauntingly nostalgic quality.

Set in Havana in 1960, The Color of Desire tells the story of a dashing American businessman who hires a young Cuban actress to play his lost love. Unwittingly, they find themselves caught in the vortex of the island’s revolution. Cruz’s play already is being compared to The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s farcical yet ultimately tragic work. With Cruz’s unique brand of poignant humor, this story of seduction, intrigue and the pursuit of freedom touches the heartstrings of all who have loved and lost, whether that loss be a lover, a home or a country.

— HP

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