Invasion Poster 360

July 30 - September 15, 2013

A Midwest Premiere

Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Anna C. Bahow

Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St., Chicago

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

Silk Road Rising’s Artistic Ambassador David Henry Hwang called Invasion! “one of the most effective coups de théâtre I’ve ever seen.”

"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 Village Voice

“One of the best social commentaries in dramatic form of the past few years." - CurtainUp

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

Performance Schedule
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 4:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm

The play is 80 minutes long. No intermission.  A talk-back follows immediately after the performance.


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Limited half-price tickets available for those in financial need.

We will be performing Invasion! at our permanent theatre venue at Pierce Hall in The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago.

$8 parking for patrons at Self Park, 230 W Washington St (3 blocks west of the theatre; corner of Washington & Franklin; entrance on Franklin - building with Cosi restaurant).  Ask box office staff for discount coupon.