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I Call My Brothers

by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Directed by Erica Schmidt

Something just happened. A car. An explosion. Amor has an important errand to run. He walks the city streets with his backpack and his cell phone, doing his best to blend in. But what looks normal? This funny, fierce show-down with paranoia takes us on an intense 24-hour journey inside one young man’s head, as the lines between reality and fantasy, criminal and victim, become increasingly unreliable.

 

In 2011 PlayCo’s Obie Award-winning production of Invasion! by Jonas Hassen Khemiri was hailed as:

“A slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge.”

New York Times – Critics Pick

“Stunningly funny, ominously good.” 

New York Magazine

Uncommonly inspired, hilarious, touching, and surprising.”

The New Yorker

 

Critics are also praising Khemiri’s new play, I Call My Brothers, now playing at The New Ohio Theater:

 

“[Like Invasion!I Call My Brothers] again announces Khemiri’s shrewd, inventive stagecraft. A simpler play might hinge on Amor’s guilt, but Khemiri’s drama, has more complicated concerns.”

            -The Village Voice

“Intelligent and humorous…a sensitive and thoughtful expression of the alienation one man can feel in the wake of a tragedy”

- TheaterMania

“Highly recommended. A heartfelt, compassionate show that keeps you guessing.”

            - New York Theatre Review

 

“Khemiri challenges us to think again about the ways we still perceive ethnic ‘others’ in this country. So call your ‘brothers’ or your homies or whoever you hang with and give this show a look.”

            - Exeunt Magazine

To celebrate this bold new work about race, suspicion, and identity, as well as the return of our friend and acclaimed Swedish writer, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, we have partnered with Visit Sweden and Norwegian Airlines to offer one lucky winner a trip to Sweden!

Buy tickets to I Call My Brothers to be automatically entered; or enter to win without purchasing a ticket here.


 

I Call My Brothers Idea Lab Events

PlayCo complements its production season with an eclectic series of stand-alone events, including reading presentations of plays and literature, evenings that examine a particular topic through the work of a variety of prose and poetry writers and/or other media, and panel discussions featuring theatre artists, writers, scholars and community leaders. These events may link to a production, or extend our programming to other ideas or issues of interest to our community.

Join us for several post-show events this week. You do not need to attend the performance or buy tickets to these post-show events. They are open and free to the public.

Click below for more information:

Saturday, February 15th @ 3:30pm: Talk-Back with the cast of “I Call My Brothers”

Wednesday, February 19th @ 9:00pm: In Conversation with FACING OUR TRUTH at New Black Fest

Friday, February 21st @ 9:00pm: Race and Rights in NYC- In Conversation with The Center For Constitutional Rights and the ASLU’s National Security Project

Artist Interviews

Read about the making of I Call My Brothers, with Playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Director Erica Schmidt here.

Khemiri and Schmidt