¡Bocón! is a play for young audiences written to be understood in both English and Spanish.
¡Bocón!, a fable filled with humor and mysticism and song, tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for Los Angeles. A natural storyteller and irrepressible "big mouth" or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey north to the City of Angels. Along the way he meets up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican and Central American mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel's story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world... and to any child who is learning the many meanings of finding one's own "voice."
"Bocón! is a children's play...but playwright Lisa Loomer offers so much for the adult mind to ponder. It would certainly be a shame to think that you can only see the show if you drag a kid along...the depth of Loomer's writing makes it more of an adult show suitable for the whole family." -Chicago Reader
At once hilarious, disturbing, and poignant, Invasion! centers around a mysterious name: Abulkasem. First encountered in the historical epic “Signora Luna,” Abulkasem has many meanings. It becomes the perfect all-purpose word, and the name of a gay Lebanese dancer, a radical feminist Muslim theatre director, an asylum seeking apple-picker, a stuttering telemarketer, and the world’s most sought after potential terrorist. Swedish playwright Khemiri looks at our fear of The Other from an ever shifting kaleidoscopic array of perspectives.
Invasion! was written for The Stockholm City Theatre and played two seasons of sold out performances. Invasion! has been translated and played in theatres in Norway, France, Germany, Austria, South Korea and the UK. In the spring of 2011 it opened in New York, winning Khemiri an Obie Award, and the play returned to New York by popular demand for a second run.
"A slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge' -NY Times
"What grows, for better or worse, from the imagination is the ultimate subject of this sometimes brilliant, energetic, and original play...A lot of the writing is uncommonly inspired, hilarious, touching, and surprising" - The New Yorker