Ali & Ali

Ali & Ali

The Deportation Hearings : A Play

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A satirical take on the "Age of Terrorism," from the perspectives of both Western governments and those accused.

In this sequel to the hilarious and hard-hitting The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, the agitprop collaborative team of Camyar Chai, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Marcus Youssef turns its idiosyncratic brand of political satire to new global realities.

Following the election of U.S. president Barack Obama in 2008, collective optimism for a more tolerant, peaceful, and co-operative post- Bush world spreads to Canada and to the backroom of Salim’s Falafel Shoppe in Toronto. There, Ali Hakim and Ali Ababwa, refugee entertainers from the fictitious, war-torn country of Agraba, are inspired to write a stage play in celebration of the new president’s message of hope and change.” The premiere of theirYo Mama, Osbama! (or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Half-Black President) halts abruptly when an RCMP constable arrives at the theatre and arrests the pair for its financial ties to the Agrabanian People’s Front, an alleged terrorist organization” on the Canadian government’s watch list.

Continuity becomes more apparent than change when Ali and Ali are swiftly put on trial. As the hapless playwrights try to defend themselves in the farcical deportation hearing that unfolds, racial and cultural stereotypes are invoked and lampooned as quickly as dubious evidence is presented. But, in the midst of the biting comedy, more serious questions are raised about the cost for some when we endeavour to protect the freedoms” of others.

Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.


Publisher: Vancouver :, Talonbooks,, [2013]
Description: 99 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780889227828
0889227829
Branch Call Number: 812 Cha
Additional Contributors: Youssef, Marcus
Verdecchia, Guillermo

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