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Anne García-Romero
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Peace among Muslims, Christians, and Jews? It happened once, in Spain, for several hundred years, why couldn’t it happen again? When NYU students Ibrahim and Paloma study an ancient Muslim treatise on the art and practice of love, they debate the complexities of romantic relationships while falling into one. After tragedy strikes this Muslim–Christian interfaith romance, it tests the limits of love in a post-9/11 world and Ibrahim must seek the help of his friend Jared, a young Jewish attorney, to clear his name. ​

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 110 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“At its core, PALOMA is a love story. But PALOMA also touches on topics such as religious conflict, coexistence and peace. They are noble ideas presented in cleverly poetic metaphors … García-Romero defies the usual gender dynamic with a female pursuer and a reticent male, and it proves a good decision.” —Graham Gentz, New Mexico Daily Lobo

“The evolving love between Ibrahim and Paloma is tender and true. Likewise, the underlying difficulties are also authentic … This is a powerful play that gets under the skin of religious tensions.” —Rob Spiegel, Talkin’ Broadway

“Told from a survivor’s perspective this is a story — a despairing reflection — of one who can love but remains chaste because his religion is an unyielding barrier … For Anne García-Romero, the writer, this is a very impressive work of art. One is caught off guard by its brilliance, the diverse nature of the characters, and the message it conveys.” —Joe Straw, Los Angeles theatre critic

About the Author


  • Anne García-Romero

    Anne García-Romero's plays include EARTHQUAKE CHICA, DESERT LONGING, JUANITA'S STATUE, MARY DOMINGO, MARY PEABODY IN CUBA, NO MORE MAIDS, PROVENANCE, and SANTA CONCEPCIÓN. Her plays have been developed and produced most notably at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Goodman Theatre, Summer Play Festival (Off-Broadway), The Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, Borderlands Theater, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Repertorio Español, the Kitchen Theatre, the Orchard Project, the New Harmony Project and South Coast Repertory. She has also written for Peninsula Films, Elysian Films and Disney Creative Entertainment. She's been a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis as well as a MacDowell Colony fellow. She has received commissions from the Denver Center Theatre Company, the NYSF/Public Theatre, South Coast Repertory and The Mark Taper Forum. She's an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. She's an alumna of New Dramatists and the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit. She's currently a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/17/2018
Pages 88
ISBN 9780881455595

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

World Premiere: National Hispanic Cultural Center with Camino Real Prods.
West Coast Premiere: Los Angeles Theatre Center

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Paloma is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC