Years in the making, Dr. Anne Garcia-Romero’s play, “Paloma,” was recently published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. “Paloma” follows three characters, Ibrahim, Paloma and Jared, all of differing religious backgrounds, and explores the idea of coexisting with diverse religions and cultures. Garcia-Romero, an associate professor of Film, Television and Theater, specializes in playwriting and Latina theater. Largely affected by her bicultural upbringing, she considers cross-cultural communication in a number of her works.“My whole life has been negotiating diverse cultural worlds, and my plays often explore these kinds of intersections between Latinx worlds and Anglo worlds, questioning how we find ways to connect and how we find find ways to navigate these divides,” she said. “I think that the American theater needs to reflect the diversity of our society in language and in culture, and so my plays are my effort to contribute to that.”While in graduate school studying the Don Juan plays throughout history Garcia-Romero came across “Ring of the Dove,” an ancient Muslim text from Spain that examines the nuances of love. Garcia-Romero said the book and the idea of coexistence together guided her in writing the play, and every scene in the play is named after a chapter in the book. Ibrahim and Paloma also study this text in the play, and eventually fall in love.“After I found the book I just was so taken by this idea that in my personal family history and Spain there was this time where there was this coexistence,” she said.After writing the first draft of “Paloma” in 2005, it has since been produced three times across the nation—in New Mexico, California and New York.“In each experience I was involved in the production. I was revising it and trying out new things, adding new scenes and getting feedback from my directors and actors,” Garcia-Romero said. “After the third production in Ithaca, New York, the play had been through years of processing, and at that point my publisher said she would love to publish the play to make it more accessible to the theater-going community at large.”Integrating a spectrum of religious and cultural ideas in “Paloma,” Garcia-Romero worked with a number of scholars and artists who share the same interest in the idea of coexistence. “As a playwright it is really important for me to consider how I honor the traditions I am trying to write about that aren’t my particular experience,” Garcia-Romero said.She said Notre Dame has contributed largely to the success of her work by providing a degree of access and research necessary to fully represent the religions and cultures detailed in the play.“I am really grateful to Notre Dame’s support through this process. The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, of which I am a fellow, both supported the development of my play,” Garcia-Romero said. “I had a chance to bring my cast to campus about a year and a half ago, and it was really an extraordinary experience to share with Notre Dame, the journey of this play with these actors that have been working on it for two years.”Although “Paloma” was conceived years ago, it addresses elements of the human condition that will resonate with audiences today and for years to come, she said.“I am humbled by the fact that it continues to be very relevant, that these issues around coexistence and Islamophobia persists. My play is an attempt to look at these issues and complicate received ideas of what is means to coexist,” Garcia-Romero said.Tags: FTT, Paloma, Play, Theater
Image courtesy of BAMThe National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) launched a tender seeking the supply of up to 16 cargoes to its Al‐Sheikh Sabah LNG Terminal at Aqaba.NEPCO plans to work with bidders to execute a master sale and purchase agreement before the bid submission deadline on August 2.Volumes would be delivered during 2018 on a DES (delivered ex-ship) basis, according to the tender document.Jordan started importing liquefied natural gas in May 2015 when the 160,000-cbm FSRU Golar Eskimo arrived in the port of Aqaba.The FSRU is capable of delivering up to 500 mmscfd with a peaking capacity of 750 mmscfd.
In front of a season-high 7,568 fans in the Carrier Dome on Monday night, No. 17 Syracuse (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 4 Notre Dame (26-3, 13-2), 98-68. With a chance to defeat a ranked opponent on their home floor for the first time this season, the Orange fell flat and lost by their largest margin all year. Here are three immediate reactions from the game.Where’s Tiana?Notre Dame broke the game open in the second quarter, when it outscored the Orange 22-8. That included a 16-0 run in which many of the points came with Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse’s point guard and best player, on the bench. Backup point guard Kiara Lewis ended up taking eight shots in the first half to Mangakahia’s one and played six more minutes than her. It took until the 2:48 mark in the third quarter for Mangakahia to score her first points of the game, but by that time, Syracuse trailed by 28. Mangakahia scored 17 points in the second half, but in what could be her last game in the Carrier Dome ever, she failed to make an impact until the game was out of hand.Pains in the paintAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the additions of players like Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Emily Engstler in addition to sophomores Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity, Syracuse has had a strong inside presence all season. Against Notre Dame, they were silent. Instead, the Irish’s Brianna Turner (6-foot-3) and Jessica Shepard (6-foot-4) controlled the post. Turner’s 22 points and Shepard’s 17 bolstered UND’s efforts inside, which ultimately resulted in a 60-40 points in the paint advantage.Not-so free throwsSyracuse came into the game fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage, shooting 74.7 percent on the season. That percentage dipped below 50 versus the Irish and quelled any real chances of fighting into the game. The Orange shot 6-for-15 from the line, including a 2-for-7 third quarter in which they made their strongest comeback bid of the game. Notre Dame, on the other hand, made 15 of its 18 free throws. Syracuse cut the Irish’s lead to 20 in the third, the lowest it would be in the second half, but never seriously threatened thanks to missed opportunities at the foul line. Comments Published on February 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+