No vacation Cruz

Pulitzer winner still hard at work on new plays

NEW YORK — Nilo Cruz says there is a play in winning a Pulitzer Prize.

“It is like the movie ‘Brazil,’ all the commotion and madness,” he says after 48 hours of nonstop press attention.

Cruz took the award for “Anna in the Tropics.” Upcoming are two world preems: “Lorca in a Green Dress,” this summer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and “Beauty of the Father” at Coral Gables’ New Theater in February.

“Of course, I love ‘Anna,’ but it is more conventional,” he says, comparing the Depression-era drama to his yet-to-be-unveiled works, both of which feature Federico Garcia Lorca.

In ‘Beauty of the Father,” the Spanish legend appears as a guardian angel, hovering over a father and a daughter who fall in love with the same man.

“I’ve never seen that relationship on stage before,” says the playwright. “And no, it is not ‘The Graduate.’ ”

A fourth, as yet untitled, work has been commissioned by D.C.’s Arena Stage. A pacifist, Cruz says this one will indirectly deal with the war in Iraq.

“The play is about displacement after a hurricane destroys an imaginary Caribbean island,” he explains. “What Shakespeare did with cross-dressing, I’m trying to do with cross-souling.”

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