The Kennedy Center

Wajahat Ali



Biography

"The Domestic Crusaders," a two act play by Wajahat Ali is an authentic, revelatory, no-holds barred depiction of a contemporary Pakistani-American Muslim family, and will be seen at the Kennedy Center in a special showing of Act One. With a background of 9/11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, sparks of tension and humor fly among three generations of family members, culminating in an intense family battle as each “crusader” struggles to assert and impose their respective voice, while trying to maintain and understand the unifying thread that makes them part of the same family. 

Directed by Carla Blank,  from its first San Francisco Bay area staged readings in 2004, its 2005 showcase at the Thrust Theatre of Berkeley Repertory Theater, to its 2009 sold out 5 week run at the Off Broadway landmark Nuyorican Poets Café and first international appearance at the 2010 MuslimFest in Mississauga, Canada, "The Domestic Crusaders" has been hailed by Newsweek as a “true theatrical breakthrough,” frequently placed in America’s classic tradition of family dramas, with comparisons by distinguished authors Ishmael Reed and Mitch Berman among others, to “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Death of a Salesman” distinguished authors including Ishmael Reed and Mitch Berman.  

The six South Asian American actors in this fully staged Washington, D.C. production hail from the East and West coasts. They are: Adeel Ahmed, Kamran Khan, Imran Javaid, Monisha Shiva, Nidhi Singh and Abbas Zaidi.  This performance is co-produced by MPAC, M100 Foundation and the Before Columbus Foundation.
Wajahat Ali