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Coming home

Nilo_stairs Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz spends most of his time in New York, in the regional theaters doing productions of his plays and (though not as much as he'd like) visiting friends and family in Miami.

But from March 1-4, he'll be all over South Florida in a professional capacity, as Davie's Promethean Theatre opens its production of Cruz's 1999 play Two Sisters and a Piano and Florida Stage does a reading of a new script, The Interpreter of Desire, during its second annual New Works Festival. 

Two Sisters, which has just been published by the Theatre Communications Group in a Cruz anthology, Two_sisters_2is about two Cuban sisters under house arrest as the Soviet Union is collapsing.  It will run through March 16 at Promethean, and Cruz will participate in post-show talkbacks after the 8 p.m. performance March 1 and the 2 p.m. matinee March. 2

Interpreter of Desire, set in Havana in 1961, was commissioned by Arena Stage in Washington D.C.  It focuses on two couples in the days after the revolution and before the Cuban missile crisis, when some Americans still played tourist in Havana.  It will get a staged reading at Florida Stage at 7 p.m. March 4, and Cruz will also be part of a playwrights' panel the night before.