THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS East Coast Book Tour Launches Next Week (NYC & Washington DC)!

Posted on January 5, 2011 by

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THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS East Coast Book Tour Launches Next Week (NYC& Washington DC)!

THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS EAST COAST BOOK TOUR AND CULTURE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA – NEW YORK CITY!

Proudly Presented by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, McSweeney’s and The Before Columbus Foundation.

Join Wajahat Ali and artists, musicians, and performers from the New York City Metropolitan Area in celebrating the publication of “THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS”, the landmark play about American Muslims which received standing ovations at its sold out performance at the Atlas Theater and the Kennedy Center. This culture show/art celebration/party/talent show also features live performances, spoken work, music, poetry and more.

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174729689227955

When: Wednesday Jan 12, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost:$10!

Where:The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C Reverend Pedro Pietri Way New York, NY 10009

Featuring:

– Performances of the play “Domestic Crusaders” featuring the NYC cast
– Book signing with the playwright, Wajahat Ali
– Comedy by Maysoon Zayid
– Performance by Najla Said
– Linda Sarsour performing The Hijabi Monologues
– Music and Poetry by Rasul Miller
– Dance Performance by Aziz Hasan
– “167 Monologues” Performed by Adeel Ahmed
– A Dramatic Reading of “Astoria Park” by Paras Chaudhari
– Comedy by Imran Sheikh
– Poetry by Najva Sol
– and more artists to be added!

For more information, visit:
Press Contact: Juliet Litman, McSweeney’s, press@McSweeneys.net

Co-sponsored by: The Interfaith Center of New York, CAIR-NY, Islamic Center at NYU, CAMP –NY, Your Dil – NYC, Arab American Association of NY, Parwaz Playhouse

http://www.domesticcrusaders.com/

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Busboys and Poets Cafe, McSweeney’s and The Before Columbus Foundation proudly present:

THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS EAST COAST BOOK LAUNCH: WASHINGTON DC!

The Domestic Crusaders East Coast Book Tour & Culture Show Extravaganza!

Join Wajahat Ali and artists, musicians, and performers from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area in celebrating the publication of “THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS”, the landmark play about American Muslims which received standing ovations at its sold out performance at the Atlas Theater and the Kennedy Center.

This culture show/art celebration/party/talent show also features live performances, spoken work, music, poetry and more:

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152025924846974

Jan 14, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

FREE!

Featuring:

– Performances of the play “Domestic Crusaders” featuring the NYC cast
– Book signing with the playwright, Wajahat Ali
– The Hijabi Monologues performance
– Original Music by Saad Omar
– Urdu Ghazzals performed by Kabir Altaf
– Poetry and Performance by Holly Bass
– Original Poetry by Sham-e-Ali Nayeem
– Comedy by Zehra Fazal
– and more artists to be added!

Co-sponsored by: Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, OPEN, MPAC, M-100 and Parwaz Playhouse

www.domesticcrusaders.com
http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events.php?loc=2

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Help spread the word about the historic publication of a story about Islam in America. Forward this e-mail to your friends and family. Another simple way to get the word out is by updating your facebook status with the following message:

“The Domestic Crusaders is coming back to Washington DC next weekend for a special EAST COAST BOOK LAUNCH. Join the author, cast and crew of the play as well as other artists and performers in celebrating the publication of this historic narrative about Islam in America. www.domesticcrusaders.com

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ABOUT “THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS”

Wajahat Ali’s “THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS” focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani- American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child.

With a background of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations, culminating in an intense family battle as each “crusader” struggles to assert and impose their respective voices and opinions, while still attempting to maintain and understand that unifying thread that makes them part of the same family.

This fully staged production is directed by Carla Blank and co-produced by Ishmael Reed and the Before Columbus Foundation.

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PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF THE PLAY TODAY!

McSweeney’s has released a published version of the play in December, reserve your copy today by pre- ordering:http://goo.gl/9uM5

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT “THE DOMESTIC CRUSADERS”

“The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I’ll be supporting this all the way – please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge!”

— Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter —

“The Domestic Crusaders is fast, funny, whip-smart and both constantly surprising and deeply edifying. If you see only one irreverent, hilarious, profound, furious and big-hearted play about a Pakistani-American family living in a post-9-11 world, make it this one.”

— Dave Eggers, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and author of “Zeitoun” —

“From the deft irony of its title to the tender pain of its ending, The Domestic Crusaders is a moving story of one Pakistani family in America. But it’s more than that. By engaging us in the family’s conflicts, loves, fears and secrets, the play dissolves the easy assumptions and prejudices of the post 9/11 West. Touching; funny; important.'”

— BBC World, Harriett Gilbert, presenter The Word, BBC World Service —

“For as a playwright, Ali’s first job is to provide a satisfying experience for his public. And he does that in The Domestic Crusaders, taking his audience to the home of three generations of Pakistani-Americans making their way through an ordinary day. But Domestic Crusaders is more than just a work of entertainment. It is also Ali’s response to the treatment of Muslims received in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11… it is compelling drama, and there is intergenerational conflict, humor, prejudice, and a dark family secret. The characters, in other words, are not paragons of virtue, which is intentional.”

— Newsweek, Ellis Cose —

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