Casting announcement for ANNA IN THE TROPICS at the Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts

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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the cast and crew of Anna in the Tropics, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and second show of the 2022 Mainstage season, with previews starting June 28 . Nilo Cruz’s play, directed by Marcos Santana, opens Saturday July 2 and runs through Sunday July 24. Mainstage subscriptions remain the best opportunity to get the best seats at the best prices, although single-seat tickets are currently available starting at $49.99. To purchase a Mainstage subscription or tickets, call the box office at 631 725 9500 or visit the Mainstage subscriptions page on baystreet.org.

Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics centers on a sultry and steamy 1929 cigar factory in Tampa, Florida, where the lives of a Cuban-American family are challenged by the vices and the temptations that surround them. Factory owner Santiago struggles with a gambling addiction emboldened by his half-brother, while his daughters, unhappy in their respective relationships, yearn for the affection of the factory’s handsome reader. Romance, lust and jealousy collide as the family grapples with discontent in their lives, as a wave of modernization threatens to dissipate the traditions they hold dear. Directed by Marcos Santana.

The cast includes Christian Barillas as CheChe (Yerma, Native Gardens, As You Like It); Maria Isabel Bilbao as Marela; Serafin Falcon as Santiago; Iliana Guibert as Ofelia; Gullermo Ivan as Paloma/Eliades; Anthony Michael Martinez as Juan Julian; and Christine Spang as Conchita.

The creative team for Anna in the Tropics at the Bay Street Theater includes Marcos Santana, director; Rick Sordelet, combat/intimacy director; Luciana Stecconi, scenographer; Fabian Aguilar, costume designer; Maria-Cristina Fusté, Lighting designer; Milton Cordero, projection designer; Andrew Diaz, accessories designer; Lori Lundquist, production manager; and Kate Croasdale, assistant stage manager.

Marcos Santana was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Broadway credits include On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer) Tony nomination, Marquis Theatre; Rocky (associate choreographer) Tony Award nomination, Winter Garden Theatre; and Guys & Dolls (Assoc.) Nederlander Theatre. Others: Passing Through (Goodspeed Terris Theatre-World Premiere); In the Heights (Westport Country Playhouse); West Side Story (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Evita (Bay Street Theater); Man of La Mancha (Westport Country Playhouse); In The Heights (Olney Theatre, Hellen Hayes Award, Broadway World Award); Newsies (Maltz Jupiter); Iggy; Adam; Pink; (Theatre United States); Man of the Channel (Shakespeare Theater Company); Faust by Randy Newman (City Center Encores); The Pirates of Penzance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); White Noise (Royal George Theatre); My Fair Lady (J. Engeman Theater); Kiss Me Kate (Maltz Jupiter); Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theatre); Guys & Dolls (J.Engeman Theater); Capeman (Assoc.) Delacorte Theater by Paul Simon; Amor Cubano; 88 keys (Playlist Productions); and Fortress Of Solitude (Assoc.), The Public Theatre/Dallas Theater Center. Cinema and television: Chasing Papi, Across The Universe, The Producers, Annie, Diva Las Vegas, The Nikki Cox Show, Pop Stars, Tony Awards, Stephen Colbert Show, Good Morning America, among others.

Christian Barillas’ theater credits include Yerma at the Huntington; Native Gardens (directed by Jason Alexander) and As You Like It (directed by Bill Rauch) at the Pasadena Playhouse; Curve of Departure, Amadeus, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Motherf**ker with the Hat (LADCC nomination) at the South Coast Repertory; Pride & Prejudice and Twelfth Night (directed by Darko Tresnjak) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Romeo and Juliet and Richard III at the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Lydia at the Yale Repertory and the Denver Center (world premiere); and Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse. On television, Christian returned as Ronaldo opposite Nathan Lane in Modern Family. Other television highlights include appearances on The Handmaid’s Tale, The Kominsky Method, Grace & Frankie, The Resident, The Bridge and as a series regular on the CBS pilot for The Jim Gaffigan Show. His film credits include Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. Barillas attended the University of North Carolina and earned his MFA from UCLA. christianbarillas.com

Maria Isabel Bilbao’s credits include In The Heights (Portland Center Stage); On your feet! (Westchester Broadway Theatre); On Your Feet (Aurora Theatre); Next to Normal and Shrek the Musical (Miami Stage Company); Evita (The Rep Theater of St. Louis); Dare to be different (Amas Musical Theatre); Mary Poppins the Musical and Metamorphoses (Coral Reef); and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Pajama Game, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Light in the Piazza (Miami Children’s Theatre).

Serafin Falcon is a Cuban-American actor, born and raised in Little Havana, Miami. Film and TV credits include The Sopranos, Burn Notice, Graceland, Transporter 2, NCIS: LA, and The Chosen. On stage he has appeared as Palomo (Anna in the tropics), Sierra Madre Playhouse (Los Angeles); and August G for Casa 0101 (Los Angeles). He worked on several pieces by Nilo Cruz, including Hurricane, Tsunami and Color of Desire. He originated the role of Fedor in Cruz’s Desiderium hotel. Anna in the Tropics is a personal tribute to Falcón as her grandmother and siblings were all cigar rollers (torcedoras/es) in Cuba. He is extremely grateful for this opportunity to honor their memory. Special thanks to his mother, whose unwavering love and support continue to inspire him every day, and to his friends whom he calls family. Special thanks to Natalie Kollar and the Los Angeles Talent team. Finally, a big thank you to the Bay Street Theater team for this great opportunity. Thank you!

Iliana Guibert is honored to perform at the Bay Street Theatre. She made her debut at the Gramercy Arts Theater in New York where she created numerous roles for Repertorio Espanol. Recent performances include Superstitions, directed by Jenna Worsham; It’s good for the company of the young people of the MCC; and Voices from a Pandemic for the Notch Theater Company, which earned her a worldwide Broadway nomination for Best Actress. Some TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Organized Crime, City on a Hill, Quantico, Blue Bloods, and HBO’s White House Plumbers. Leylak, one of his production projects, has won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at Flicker’s Rhode Island Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. Iliana has appeared in several 9/11 documentaries and has been featured in magazines and news stories for her humanitarian efforts, philanthropy and inspiration. She thanks her About Artists agents for their support. @iliana.guibert

A graduate of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Havana, Guillermo Ivan moved to New York to complete his full-time training at HB Studio. His work can be seen in numerous films, including Trade, Vantage Point, La Casa de los Babies, Welcome to Acapulco and The Strike. He played and directed Habana Instant (Innovation Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival and Best Actor at the Tequila Film Festival). He was cast in the lead role in the Netflix show El Desconocido (The Unknown Hitman) and the NBC/Telemundo television series Al Otro Lado del Muro. He played the iconic role of Juan Diego in Lady of Guadalupe and received the Diamond Award for Best Performer. In 2021, he was nominated for an Oscar Signature Award at the Dubai World Film Festival for Rumba Love.

Anthony Michael Martinez makes his Bay Street Theater debut! The New York-based actor and acting coach appeared Off-Broadway at CSC; Vineyard Theatre; Boomerang Theater in Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Syracuse); New Ohio; Flea Theatre; and Theater Row. Regional credits include appearances at the Great Lakes Theater in 39 Steps (Hannay); Alabama Shakespeare in Macbeth; Folger Theater at Antony & Cleopatra; Illinois Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love (Will); Triad Stage, Miami New Drama; representative of Florida; and Shakespeare Theater New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree in classical theater and is an instructor at the Academy for Classical Theater at the Shakespeare Theater Company. Resident Teaching Artist at Red Bull Theatre, Classic Stage and New York Theater Workshop. He created and teaches an Acting on the Spiritual Principle masterclass. www.anthonymichaelmartinez.net.

Christine Spang recently appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Lucky at 59E59 and The Drunken City at the Kraine Theater. Film credits include Wicked Games, Out of Breath, Loleh, Lingua Franca, The Light of the Moon, Roadies, Mujeries as in Women, Evening News, Kids Don’t Die and Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Award, Narrative Feature) . TV credits include Lucy on HBO’s Succession, FBI: Most Wanted, Law & Order: SVU, Love Life, Lisey’s Story, The Blacklist and When They See Us. Thanks to her family and friends and a special dedication to her great-great aunt Conchita Valdivieso.

The 2022 Mainstage season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; town of Southampton; The Shubert Foundation; The Neuwirth Foundation; Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs; fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning; Maggio environment; and Weill Cornell Medicine. Support for new works comes from the Joseph Stein New Musical Fund.

Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. All guests will be required to wear a mask upon entering the theatre. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at baystreet.org.

Bay Street Theater is a year-round professional theater and non-profit community cultural center that strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.

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