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The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil: A Divertimiento for Warlords

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil: A Divertimiento for Warlords
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Marcus Youssef , Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 126
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0889225168
ISBN-13: 9780889225169

About the Play:

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil is a play by Marcus Youssef with Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai. In this elaborate agitprop theatrical collaboration, the internal contradictions and duplicitous double-speak of the "war on terror" are exposed as the propaganda vehicles for the neo-colonialism of the West that they are.

"Ali Hakim" and "Ali Ababwa," refugees from the imaginary country "Agraba," attempt to seduce their audience into providing them with food, refuge, security, freedom and the material benefits of Western consumer society, failing miserably at every step. A hard-hitting presentation of a play-within-a-play assaults the audience as Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia and Camyar Chai do Shakespeare, Shaw and Swift one better with an endless string of buffooneries and absurdities derived from an inversion of the clichés defining the geo-politics of the Middle East at the beginning of the 21st century.

Informed by the research of Paul Krugman and Noam Chomsky, sent up by the post-modern cultural relativism of "Jean Paul Jacques Beauderrièredada," this political satire is not for the faint of heart.

Cast: 4 men.

What people say:

"The Adventures of Ali & Ali… is solid and polished… shockingly poignant, seriously funny, humbly powerful, intelligently goofy…." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

About the Playwrights:

Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturg, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. He is a recipient of the Governor General's Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads, based on his play Fronteras Americanas and made with Ramiro Puerta.

Marcus Youssef is a Canadian playwright, artistic director, and author. Born in Montreal to Egyptian parents, he has often made diversity and the ideas of difference and diversity themes in his work, some of which were co-written with friends and colleagues. His works have been performed at theatres and festivals (and school gyms) across Canada, the US, Australia and Europe. He was named the 2017 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, Canada's most prestigious prize in Theatre. He currently lives in Vancouver British Columbia, where he continues his work with community-based advocacy programs that use writing and/or theatre as tools for effecting political and social change.

Camyar Chai has worked in theatre and film for over twenty years. He is the founder of Vancouver's acclaimed NeWorld Theatre. He has worked as a freelance actor, director, and writer as well as engaging in Arts Education. In addition to writing plays, Camyar has also written librettos for operas. An award winning theatre maker, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of British Columbia.

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