Wajahat Ali is a 24 year old who grew up in middle class America. He is of Pakistani descent and Muslim. He’s a graduate of UC Berkeley, a law student, and has dabbled in stand up comedy. He is also considered an up and coming literary talent.
Ali has gained notoreity for a two-act play he wrote called “The Domestic Crusaders”. The play is about a Muslim American family coming together for a birthday party. The play focuses on life after 9/11 for a Muslim family living in America. It speaks to the conflicts, religious and political, that affect many families today.
Ali enrolled at UC Berkeley in 2001. One of his teachers was Pulitzer Prize winner, Ishmael Reed. Although Ali was taking Reed’s short story class, Reed was quick to notice the budding author’s talent and encouraged him to write a play. Ali took on the challenge and spent many hours researching how plays are structured and presented. Reed was his mentor throughout the process. “The Domestic Crusaders” is the result of all that hard work.
“The Domestic Crusaders” has received critical acclaim. And, audiences have enjoyed it immensely. We should expect more achievements from this young talent in the future.
If you would like to learn more about the play and the playwright, visit the home page for the The Domestic Crusaders