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

Mar 20, 2014

Some of the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis arriving in Belgium after being refused entry into Cuba and the United States.

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.

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

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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