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Synchronicity Theatre to Present World Premiere of Andrea Lepcio’s
Strait of Gibraltar
March 31, 2017 – April 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2017 (Revised)
ATLANTA, GA – Synchronicity Theatre will present the world premiere of Andrea Lepcio’s Strait of Gibraltar, a sexy romantic comedy turned terrorism thriller that looks at love, truth, prejudice, and civil rights in the age of the Patriot Act. Performances run from March 31 to April 23, 2017. For tickets or more information, please visit www.synchrotheatre.com or call 404-484-8636.
Sameer, a Moroccan man living in New York illegally, and Miriam, a Jewish-American, fall in love. A favor Sameer asks of Miriam results in their arrest. Sameer is suspected of terrorism and Miriam of money laundering. Strait of Gibraltar is a new play that examines the impact of the Patriot Act on our rights.
The production design recreates a nimble, shifting world that contrasts the intimacy and security of Miriam and Sameer’s relationship with the exposure and vulnerability the couple feels as they are being watched. Shifting walls and Instagram-style projections highlight the tension between what is personal and what is public; what is being watched and by whom.
Strait of Gibraltar is directed by Synchronicity’s producing artistic director Rachel May, and will include scenic design by Elizabeth Jarrett, and sound and lighting design by Kevin Frazier. The cast includes Atlanta-based actors Maggie Birgel as Miriam, Benjamin Sims as Sameer, Kathleen Wattis as Selma, Brian Ashton Smith as Tripp and Suehyla El Attar as Amina. Some cast members will also assume other roles.
Show times for Strait of Gibraltar are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. All performances will be at Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Pointe complex.
Single ticket prices range from $15-50 and are available online at www.synchrotheatre.com. Sunday, April 9 is Inside Scoop. Patrons can enjoy complimentary ice cream sundaes and a Q&A with the artists after the 5 p.m. performance. Pay-What-You-Can Industry Nights are each Wednesday, and Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Community partners on this production are Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, American Jewish Committee, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta, Congregation Bet Haverim, and the Anti-Defamation League. There will be moderated post-show discussions after every performance, and on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m., the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau will present a free presentation on The American Muslim at Synchronicity Theatre.
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Audiences attending the show can receive 10% off their final bill by showing their ticket stubs at Tavernpointe, across the lobby from the theatre. There will also be production-themed drinks and offers during the 2016-2017 season.
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World Premiere of Strait of Gibraltar
By Andrea Lepcio
March 31, 2017 – April 23, 2017
Directed by Rachel May
Sound and Lighting Design by Kevin Frazier
Scenic Design by Elizabeth Jarrett
Media Design by Amanda Sachtleben
Properties Design by Elisabeth Cooper
Wednesday–Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 5 p.m.
One Peachtree Pointe Complex
1545 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Sunday, April 9 is Inside Scoop. Patrons can enjoy complimentary ice cream sundaes and a Q&A with the artists after the 5 p.m. performance.
Pay-What-You-Can Industry Nights are each Wednesday, and Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Maggie Birgel Miriam
Benjamin Sims Sameer
Kathleen Wattis Selma, Various
Suehyla El Attar Amina, Various *
Brian Ashton Smith Tripp, Various
+ Denotes member of Actors Equity Association.
Single ticket prices range from $15-50 and are available online at www.synchrotheatre.com.
The world premiere of Strait of Gibraltar by Andrea Lepcio is a sexy romantic comedy turned terrorism thriller. Miriam, a Jewish woman, and Sameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, meet at a party and fall in love at first sight. When Sameer tells Miriam he’s in the country illegally, she offers to help; but, is everything as it seems? A smart, riveting play that looks at love, truth, prejudice, and civil rights in the age of the Patriot Act.
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ABOUT SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE
Synchronicity Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director Rachel May and Managing Director & Artistic Associate Lee Nowell, produces smart, gutsy, high quality theatre that sparks community connections and uplifts the voices of women and girls. Synchronicity supports women artists, forges long-term and effective community partnerships and develops new work. Synchronicity was founded in 1997 by four women with a desire to work collaboratively and bring challenging, meaningful theatre to Atlanta audiences. We now reach nearly 8,000 patrons through our season of plays for adults (Bold Voices) and families (Family Series); community outreach; and educational programming, including our Playmaking for Kids (PFK) summer camps and after school programs and our award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG) program. Our intimate theatre in the heart of midtown at Peachtree Pointe became our home in the summer of 2014.
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