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posted 24 February 2005 06:56 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
An Egyptian I know sent this and I'm passing along - it is about emigration/immigration and "sliding doors"

Crossing Gibraltar, my play produced by CBC radio , will be aired twice in
the coming few days:

Sunday February 27th @ 10:05 PM: on CBC radio One 88.5 FM in Montreal
(Sunday Showcase) and re-runs:
Monday February 28th @ 9:05 PM: on CBC radio Two 93.5 FM in Montreal (Monday Night Playhouse)

Both can also be heard live on the Internet by visiting:

Crossing Gibraltar (more below) explores the life of an immigrant who may or may not have immigrated. In both cases he probably thinks he lost.

Crossing Gibraltar (CBC announcement):

This original drama features a fascinating premise - what would a Canadian citizen's life be like had he actually changed his mind at the crucial moment before immigrating, and remained at home in his native Egypt?

Bassel left his life in Cairo in the 1980s, and came to Montreal, where he slowly adapts to Canadian culture. We follow his loves and life through to the terrible events of September 11, 2001, and come to an understanding through Bassel of the contradictions, tribulations and joy of being a man of Arabic descent in Canada.

But what if Bassel had got cold feet at the Cairo airport, and not made that fateful decision to leave his homeland? Playwright Ehab Lotayef wants to know, and with him we explore the life of the Cairo Bassel, the one who didn't "cross Gibraltar", and how remaining in Egypt over the past twenty
years has given him a different perspective on world events.

The first Bassel's story parallels in some respects that of author Lotayef. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1958, Lotayef graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Ain-Shams University in his birth city, in 1981. He emigrated to Canada in 1989 and now lives and works in Montreal, where he is a
Computers Systems Manager at McGill. He balances his day job with many literary and theatrical pursuits; as a poet and songwriter he works in both Arabic and English, writes Haiku, and is a performer and member of
Montreal's Teesri Duniya Theater. Ehab is also the father of two teenage boys who are - in his opinion - a perfect mix of East and West.

Crossing Gibraltar was produced in Toronto by Damiano Pietropaolo, and features Shant Srabian as Bassel, Mike Haddad as Saleem and Carolyne Maraghi as Helen.

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