Lyric Opera of Chicago

Nilo Cruz


Nilo Cruz Large A Conversation with Bel Canto Librettist Nilo Cruz


Nilo Cruz
won the Pulitzer Prize and the Steinberg Award for Drama in 2003 for his play Anna in the Tropics, which was also nominated for a Tony Award. The Cuban-American playwright’s work has been produced widely across the U. S., with plays seen at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, New York’s Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Repertorio Español; Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, Washington’s Arena Stage, Chicago’s Victory Gardens, South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and West Palm Beach’s Florida Stage, among many others. Internationally, his plays have been produced in Canada, England, France, Australia, Germany, Belarus, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and in cities throughout Spain. In 2009, Cruz won The Helen Merrill and The Laura Pels Mid-Career Playwriting Award, as well as the Fontanals-Cisneros USA Fellowship in literature. Cruz is a frequent collaborator with noted composer Gabriela Lena Frank, with whom he recently wrote a set of orchestral songs, La centinela y la paloma (The Keeper and the Dove), for Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His new set of songs, Farhad and the Secret of Being, composed by Jim Bauer, will be performed next season in New York. Cruz is writing the screenplay for the film Castro’s Daughter, starring Antonio Banderas as Fidel Castro. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/nilocruz/home