Apollinaire Theatre Company's INVASION to Run 7/9-27
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.
In Apollinaire summer tradition, the audience will move with the action. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy along with the Boston harbor views.
Apollinaire in the Park Performances are July 9-27, 2014
Invasion! plays Wed. & Sat. in English at 7:30, Fri. in Spanish at 7:30
Runs in rep. with ¡Bocón! by Lisa Loomer, which plays on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30
Press Opening: Saturday July 12, 2014 at 7:30
The production is staged environmentally in multiple locations in Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant's Way, on the Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral's Hill).
Jonas Hassen Khemiri (playwright) born in Sweden in 1978, is the author of three novels and six plays. His first novel, One Eye Red, received the Borås Tidning award for best literary debut. His second novel, Montecore, (published by Knopf in 2011) won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for best novel of the year. Khemiri's work have been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 40 international companies. In 2011 Invasion! premiered in New York and Khemiri was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for playwriting. www.khemiri.se
Directed by: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Featuring: Alana Osborn-Lief, Amelia Lumpkin, Dale J. Young, Diego Buscaglia, Felix Teich, Jacob Athyal, Julia Alvarez, Kelly Chick, Mauro Canepa, Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Nicole Dalton, Paola M. Ferrer, Tony Dangerfield, Victor Hugo Arellano
Production Stage Manager: Veronica Haakonsen Stage Manager: Elena LivakASM: Ruby Simonoff & Marina A Silva Fight Director: Danielle RosvallyComposer/Music Director: Allyssa JonesChoreographer/Costume Design Invasion!: Susan PainoScenic Artist Invasion!: Megan F. KinneenBocón/Sets/Props Master: John CadizBocón Costume Designer: Karen PedersenVoice/Dialect Coach: Nina Zendejas Intern: Alexandria E. ChurchwellProduction Assistant: Joe A. Ogando House Managers: Ida Rudolph & Trip Venturella
Running Time Apx. 90 minutes with intermissionApollinaire Theatre Company stages passionate plays at their elegantly restored theater in the Chelsea Theatre Works, as well as New England's only bilingual free summer theater in the park. Less than five miles from downtown Boston, our historic building is at the center of the burgeoning Chelsea arts community. Recent productions include Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, Stupid F**king Bird by Aaron Posner, The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower by Jean Cocteau, From White Plains by Michael Perlman, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven by Young Jean Lee.