Samuel French, Inc., 9780573700675, 56pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2013
Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire
Winner! 2011 Obie for Playwriting
A New York Times Critic's Pick!
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.
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
"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