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2015-2016 Theatre Season: Upcoming Productions & Events
"Panic Intersecting: Mosques, Zoning, and Islamophobia,”
A Panel Discussion
JANUARY 19, 2016 AT 7:30 PM
The panel discussion “Panic Intersecting: Mosques, Zoning, and Islamophobia” will feature zoning specialist and attorney Mark Daniel, civil rights attorney Rabya Khan, and DuPage County Board Member Tony Michellasi. Moderated by Artistic Director Jamil Khoury, these panelists will discuss their experiences with mosque zoning disputes in the Chicagoland area and the motivations behind them. This event will create a broader understanding of the difficulties facing the Muslim American community in their wish to exercise their religious freedom and provide more context for our upcoming world premiere of Jamil Khoury’s Mosque Alert.
Tickets are FREE but space is limited. Reserve your seat HERE >>
Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia
February 18 through February 28
Written and Performed by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow
Impresario Ronnie Malley guides us on an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain where we meet Ziryab, a former Kurdish slave who rose to extraordinary fame in the court of Abd ar-Rahman II. Witness Ziryab’s story: a musician, poet, and polymath whose contributions—like Leonardo da Vinci's in centuries to come—helped shape the world we live in today.
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, and developed, in part, via live and online conversations and community events, 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, civil rights, and Islamophobia, with humor, family drama, and raw honesty.
Preview Tickets: $25 Adults / $12.50 Students (March 24 - April 1, 2016)
Regular Run Tickets: $35 Adults / $15.00 Students (April 7 - May 1, 2016)
The Four Hijabs
An Animated Short
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.
Un-American: A Patriot Acts
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
Tickets will be available soon to buy online so check back!
Mosque Alert tells the story of three suburban American families living in Naperville, IL, who find their lives torn apart by a proposal to build a new mosque in their community.
Silk Road Rising and playwright Jamil Khoury invite you to join us on a unique journey, a first in new play development history. We want you to become co-creators of Jamil’s new play, Mosque Alert. Through your active participation we hope that you that will influence and assist Jamil as he develops a new play that will be both a work of art and a tool for civic engagement.
Our hope is that the development process inspires engagement that will assist Jamil in writing Mosque Alert. Conversely, our hope is to facilitate local and national civic conversations about the rights of Muslim Americans to build houses of worship. Learn more >>
Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date
A 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 >>