In Kathryn Haddad’s new play, Zafira and the Resistance, a tyrannical dictator ushers in an era of anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia. Sound familiar? The story centers on Zafira, a Lebanese-American teacher who sees the political climate grow increasingly extreme, even within the school environment. By holding up a mirror to the xenophobia present in the U.S. today, the work raises questions about ongoing institutional racism as it explores Arab-American identities. Produced by New Arab American Theater Works, where Haddad is executive and artistic director, Zafira features a set created by the incredible Arab-American artist Hend al Mansour. Haddad is also the founder of literary journal Mizna, and has won the Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship for her work with the Arab-American community.