July 30 - September 01, 2013
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Directed by Anna 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
Tuesdays at 7:30pm+
Wednesdays at 7:30pm++
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 4:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm
+ There will be one Tuesday performance on July 30, 2013.
++ There will be one Wednesday performance on July 31, 2013.
The play is 90 minutes long. No intermission.
$25 for Previews.
$35 for Regular Run.
We will be performing Invasion! at our permanent theatre venue at Pierce Hall in The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago.