Invasion! by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
July 9 - July 26, 2014
Apollinaire Theatre Company’s 11th year of offering free bilingual productions on alternating nights in English and Spanish in Chelsea’s Mary O’Malley Park features 2 plays about crossing borders, fear of the Others among us, linguistic slight of hand, and finding one’s voice in the chaos.
At once hilarious, disturbing, and poignant, Invasion! centers around a mysterious name: Abulkasem. First encountered in the historical epic “Signora Luna,” Abulkasem becomes the perfect all-purpose word, and the name of a gay Lebanese dancer, a radical feminist Muslim theatre director, an asylum seeking apple-picker, a stuttering telemarketer, and the world’s most sought after potential terrorist. Swedish playwright Khemiri looks at our fear of The Other from an ever shifting kaleidoscopic array of perspectives.
Invasion! was written for The Stockholm City Theatre and played two seasons of sold out performances. Invasion! has been translated and played in theatres in Norway, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea, and the UK. In the spring of 2011 it opened in New York, winning Khemiri an Obie Award, and the play returned to New York by popular demand for a second run.
"A slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge" -NY Times
"What grows, for better or worse, from the imagination is the ultimate subject of this sometimes brilliant, energetic, and original play...A lot of the writing is uncommonly inspired, hilarious, touching, and surprising." - The New Yorker
"Invasion! is as difficult to pin down as the name Abulkasem in the play, and we are summoned over and over again to look at people and their lives with fresh eyes.”