Upcoming Events

Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia

Ziryab MinA World Premiere
February 18 through February 28

Written and Performed by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow

Take an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain with Muslim American musical impresario Ronnie Malley. Arabic music, poetry, and songs breathe life into the story of Ziryab, a former slave whose musical abilities brought him fame throughout Al-Andalus: a land where Christians, Jews and Muslims co-existed for over seven centuries and created a unique and diverse society.

$20/$15 student

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A World Premiere
March 24 through May 1

Written by Jamil Khoury
Directed by Edward Torres

Inspired by the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in New York City, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning and Islamophobia with humor, family drama, and refreshingly blunt honesty.

Preview Tickets: $25 Adults / $12.50 Students (March 24 - April 1)

Regular Run Tickets: $35 Adults / $15.00 Students (April 7 - May 1)

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4hijabs.PromoThe Four Hijabs

An Animated Short
June 2016

by Dr. Manal Hamzeh & Jamil Khoury
Directed by Liz Wuerffel
Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy

An accessible animated film that explores the “four hijabs:" the visual (actual fabric worn), spatial (imposed limitations and segregation), ethical (restrictions of women's rights) and spiritual (denial of intellectual inquiry). A fun way to engage with the complex ideas inherent in the hijab.

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September 6 through September 25

Written & Performed by Azhar Usman

Famed comedian, Azhar Usman, takes to the stage with this brutally honest, unflinching one-man show exploring the tensions and paradoxes surrounding the multi-faceted identities and double consciousness of Muslim Americans living in an ever-polarizing modern world.

Tickets: $20/$15 students

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Documentary Film

Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs and the Contours of Contested Whiteness

Not Quite WhiteIn the documentary Not Quite White, Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury draws upon his own Arab (Syrian) and Slavic (Polish and Slovak) heritage as the lens through which to investigate the broader issue of immigrants achieving whiteness and hence qualifying as “fully American.” The film, directed by Khoury and Stephen Combs, advances society’s on-going conversations about the meaning of whiteness and efforts at redefining whiteness. Watch the documentary here >>


Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date

Mm PtestA thought-provoking and often-humorous reflection on the theoretical and practical differences between two powerful social ideas: multiculturalism and polyculturalism.

By personifying these ideas as human characters—one male, one female—and by endowing each character with professional rivalry, intellectual one-upmanship, and sexual tension, a would-be romantic evening becomes an intriguing vehicle for exploring American interpretations of pluralism, cultural interchange, and diversity. Watch the video play here >>


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