Invasion! (Paperback)

By Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translator)

Samuel French, Inc., 9780573700675, 56pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2013



Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

3m, 1f

Winner! 2011 Obie for Playwriting

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