Strait of Gibraltar
By Andrea Lepcio
Miriam and Zameer meet at a party, and it’s love at first sight. By the next day, they’ve learned just how little they have in common, and just how little that matters. When Zameer tells Miriam that he’s been living in the U.S. illegally, she offers to help – but that turns out to be more complicated and more dangerous than she imagined.
Strait of Gibraltar is a new play that examines the impact of the United States Patriot Act on civil rights. The two are arrested when Zameer is suspected of terrorism and Miriam of money laundering. In the end, it is proven that Zameer is not a terrorist; he is deported. Although it is proven she didn’t launder money for Zameer, an idle comment by her mother results in Miriam being implicated in other money laundering schemes at her bank. In the end, it isn’t this foreign man who has gotten her into trouble but the bank and her own mother. She fights for her freedom as Zameer makes a new life in the Atlas Mountains waiting for her. At the end of the play, Miriam promises to go to him once she is free