Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio – 21st Century Voices – New Play Festival

2017-03-04 12:00 pm - 2017-03-04 2:00 pm
Raymond James Theatre
163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

3 Days | 4 Plays | Live Staged Readings

American Stage is proud to launch our commitment to 21st Century Voices with a New Play Festival featuring live staged readings of four new plays from four exceptional up-and-coming playwrights from Tampa Bay and beyond.

A committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members worked with our producing artistic director to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talk-backs following each play reading.

Individual Tickets: $10 per reading
All-Access Pass: $30 General Public | $20 American Stage Subscribers & Act 1 Club Members

Sponsored by Rebecca & Michael Alford and Susan & Pete Greenbaum

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

About the Playwright

Andrea Lepcio is best known for Looking for the Pony, a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award.  It was presented in a “Rolling World Premiere” Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta and subsequent productions.  Recent productions include Tunnel Vision at Off the Wall in Pittsburgh, Dinner at Home between Deaths at Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and The Gold at New York Musical Festival. She is currently working on a EST/Sloan commissioned play about climate change and a new musical Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am with songwriter Tina DeVaron.  Additional Plays and musicals under development include World Avoided (EST/Sloan Commission), Strait of Gibraltar (Geva Theatre Center and upcoming at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta), Central Avenue Breakdown (FwdTheatre) and Lf&Tms (Music Theatre Factory).   Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a Dramatists Guild Fellow and served as the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.  B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. She lives in Maine,which means she travels often.

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