Abulkasem – a name that just might have magical powers. Everyone wants that name, but who is Abulkasem? A hero in a fairy tale. A world-renowned stage director. A cute guy I met at the bar. A shadowy figure we’re tracking across the globe. Or all of the above? Who is Abulkasem? And how many are there?

2011 Obie Award winner
New York Times Critics’ Pick

Reviews of Invasion

“If you’ve ever wished somebody would write a razor-sharp play anatomizing lazy paranoia about the Middle East—somebody has.”
The Village VOICE

“It’s one of the best social commentaries in dramatic form of the past few years, and you owe it to yourself to see it as soon as you can.”

“When you’re in the hands of totally confident, committed theatre artists – well, there’s nothing like it. (…) The Play Company finds relatively unknown contemporary international playwrights with something to say. This is one of their best finds yet.”
Lighting and Sound America

Photos by Carol Rosegg

U.S. Premiere
Produced Feb 2011

Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Translation by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Erica Schmidt

Francis Benhamou
Andrew Guilarte
Bobby Moreno
Debargo Senyal

Set Design:
Antje Ellerman
Costume Design:
Oana Botez-Ban
Lighting Design:
Matthew Richards
Sound Design:
Bart Fasbender
Production Stage Manager:
Larry Ash


46 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013


Encore Production
SEP 06 – OCT 01, 2011

Francis Benhamou
Nick Choksi
Andrew Guilarte
Bobby Moreno


41 White Street
New York, NY 10013