By Wajahat Ali
Directed by Deborah Forde
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 play is brilliant. Moving. Shapely. Clever. Funny. And the cast is amazing!” – Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author
“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.” – Harriett Gilbert, BBC World Service
Director: Deborah Forde
Set Designer: Nalo Soyini
Costume Designer: Swati Khanna
Technical Director/ Lighting Design: Michael Tonus
Sound Designer: Dumisizwe Bhembe
Stage Manager: Orlando Lopez
Production Manager: Sheron Edey
Production Assistant: Mercedeh Baroque