by Anne Garcia-Romero
July 20 ~ August 5
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 pm
Sundays @ 2:00 pm
Teatro Paraguas Studio
August 10 ~ August 12
Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 2:00 pm
How did Muslims, Christians and Jews coexist peacefully in eleventh century Spain, when religious intolerance persists in present day U.S. society?Paloma is the beginning of the playwright's answer.
Paloma's director, Gil Lazier, writes:
With economy and grace, Anne García-Romero has crafted a gentle romance against the harsh backdrop of religious and ethnic conflicts. The story of Paloma and Ibrahim is so compelling and rich that we are reminded of those other romances of literature where tradition, racial strife, and social and religious barriers conspire to separate young lovers who belong together. Perhaps the biases that prevent the Montagues and Capulets from supporting their children's love are not so different from those of the Ahmed and Flores families. So as this play speaks of today's issues with a current voice, and searches for a time in history when these problems might have been resolved with equanimity, we are prompted to understand a little better our own biases and those of our neighbors.You can read the Albuquerque Journal's review of the play here. And the July issue of abqARTS.com has an article about the play here.
This is a professional production starring Lena Armstrong as Paloma, Abraham Jallad as Ibrahim, and Ron Weisberg as Jared Rabinowitz, directed by Gil Lazier, with set and lighting design by Richard Hogle.
There will be a lecture on la convivencia before each matinee. After each performance, there will be a talk-back about the issues of peaceful coexistence the play raises. You are invited to become part of the conversation.