The contemporary play follows Maria Elena Garcia as she goes to visit her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, arriving with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. But once Maria is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa – and Maria considers this a betrayal. If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, where does she belong? This dramatic comedy about cultural identity was first produced in 1996 and remains one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows.