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Nilo Cruz Returns To Holocaust's 'Voyage Of The Damned' In New Play


The fate of a German ocean liner in 1939 is one of the darkest moments in both American and Cuban history. The M.S. St. Louis was bound for Havana, carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

After Cuba and the U.S. both turned the ship away and it returned to Europe -- most of those passengers perished in the Holocaust.

And now, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz has raised the specter of that doomed voyage in his latest work, titled "Sotto Voce."  

Cruz talks with WLRN reporter Christine DiMattei about the play -- and about his own harrowing experience fleeing Castro's Cuba as a child.

Credit Oscar Landi
Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz was born in Cuba and raised in Miami.

If you go:

"Sotto Voce" by Nilo Cruz (in English with Spanish supertitles).

On.Stage Black Box at Miami-Dade County Auditorium

2901 W. Flagler St., Miami

8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday


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Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative night gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news -- and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.