Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  3m, 1f

"If you’ve ever wished somebody would write a razor-sharp play anatomizing lazy paranoia about the Middle East―somebody has." - The Village Voice
At once hilarious, disturbing, and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – the Arabic male – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Invasion! is a tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, disturbing and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – the Arabic male – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2011 Obie for Playwriting
    A New York Times Critic's Pick!

Reviews

REVIEWS

"CRITIC'S PICK! A slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge... expresses confusion with remarkable clarity." - The New York Times

"If you’ve ever wished somebody would write a razor-sharp play anatomizing lazy paranoia about the Middle East―somebody has." - The VillageVoice

"A high-energy, often hectic experience, with theatrical and political ideas bouncing off each other like pinballs." - Backstage

"It's a stimulating, challenging, and rewarding ride." - NY Theatre

"Ask no more questions. Do not hesitate. This is without a doubt one of the best plays I have seen this entire season – and that includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. It's an extremely intelligent, linguistically complex, politically charged, attention grabbing, rapid-fire tour de force for each of its 75 sharply written, cunningly directed, and superbly acted and deliciously well received minutes." - New York NearSay

"One of the best social commentaries in dramatic form of the past few years, and you owe it to yourself to see it as soon as you can." - CurtainUp

"in the hands of director Erica Schmidt and in the voices and interpretative moments of all four ensemble actors, this play is funny, sad, and thoroughly engaging." - Berkshire Fine Arts

"Playfulness and seriousness intermingle to disturbing - and awfully satisfying - effect." - Theater Mania

"Snarky and subversive, Invasion! hits home without pulling punches...truly remarkable production...whip-smart and deftly dealt production and a must see for anyone who's sick of America's political dead weight and the present dramatic doldrums." - Theasy.com

"exceptionally put together by the playwright who has entertainment as well as enlightenment of some very serious subject matter on his mind...the perfect production to wake you from those winter doldrums." - OscarMoore.com

"When you're in the hands of totally confident, committed theatre artists - well, there's nothing like it...The Play Company finds relatively unknown contemporary international playwrights with something to say. This is one of their best finds yet." - Lighting&Soundamerica

“Wonderful, fantastic, magnificent...a manic phantasmagoria...a real find... Please add this play to your repertoire.” - Süddeutsche Zeitung about the production at Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich Studio Theater)

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 1f

A - man, 40-50 years old; plays Actor 1, Lance, Guide, Journalist, Apple Picker
B - man, 20-25 years old; plays Arvind, Expert 1, Fanon-Lover
C - woman, 20-25 years old; plays Actor 2, Lara, Expert 2, Interpreter
D - man, 20-25 years old; plays Yousef, Alexandra, Eric, Expert 3, Anti-Nuclear Lady, Little Brother

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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Rachel Willson-Broyles

Rachel Willson-Broyles is a freelance translator specializing in literature. She holds a BA in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN; and a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her translations include Jonas Hassen Khemiri's plays Invasion! and I Call My Brother ...

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, born in Sweden in 1978, is the author of three novels and six plays. His first novel, One Eye Red, received the Borås Tidning award for best literary debut. His second novel, Montecore, won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for best ...

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Invasion! was originally produced for the stage in New York City by The Play Company, under founding producer Kate Loewald. It was directed by adapter Erica Schmidt.

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