Live Theatre

Then Came the Fall

A Staged Reading

July 9 and July 10

Written by Nahal Navidar

Directed by Azar Kazemi

World Trade Center By Wilda MarieIndian summer delivers hope and light on a gorgeous morning in Brooklyn Heights. Nasrin, an Iranian-American PhD student, and Donovan, an elevator repairman, plan for a bright future together, but when explosions from the other side of the Hudson shake their world, the ashes of fear and hatred quietly creep in and haunt Donovan’s mind. In a post 9/11 xenophobic environment where intolerance is the new status-quo, the couple finds themselves questioning if they will survive the fall. Learn more >>

Cover Art by Wilda Marie

Tickets: $10

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The Four Hijabs

4hijabs.PromoAn Animated Short + Panel Discussion

July 30, 2016 at 4PM

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

Join us for the premiere of The Four Hijabs, an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses:
⚬ the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women)
⚬ the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces)
⚬ the ethical hijab (ethical values/practices required of all Muslims)
⚬ the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge)

The Four Hijabs is an entertaining and accessible way to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.

Inspired by Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book Pedagogies of DeVeiling (2012) and adapted into a screenplay by Jamil Khoury, The Four Hijabs builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring co-authors Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury, and a panel of respondents. Learn more >>

This screening + panel discussion is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat here >>

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Ultra American: A Patriot Act

Ultra American MinSeptember 6 through September 25

Starring  Azhar Usman

Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas

Famed comedian, Azhar Usman, takes to the stage with this brutally honest, unflinching one-man show exploring the tensions and paradoxes surrounding the double consciousness of American Muslims living in an ever-polarizing modern world. Learn more >>

Tickets: $20/$15 students

* Limit one per ID. A valid student ID must be presented upon arrival at the box office.

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Christmas at Christine's

Copy Of Christmas At Christines Min December 1 through December 23

Written & Performed by Christine Bunuan

Directed by J.R. Sullivan

This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favorite Christine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings her way through the holiday songbook and a lifetime of yuletide memories. Learn more >>

Tickets: $25/$15 students*

* Limit one per ID. A valid student ID must be presented upon arrival at the box office.

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Semitic Commonwealth

Staged Readings of Plays About Israel and Palestine

February 10 through February 26, 2017

Semitic CommonwealthA staged reading series comprised of six plays by Arab and Jewish playwrights exploring the human toll of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Rather than strive to achieve balance and moral equivalency between "competing" narratives, these works investigate themes of identity, occupation, exile, and home with remarkable honesty.

More info coming soon!

Great Expectations

Remy Bumppo & Silk Road Rising Present

Ge Final V2The U.S. Premiere

May 11 through July 2, 2017

Written by Charles Dickens | Adapted by Tanika Gupta

Co-directed by Lavina Jadhwani and Nick Sandys

Dickens’ beloved tale of love, aspiration, and secrets is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British playwright Tanika Gupta in a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English “gentleman.” Gupta's brilliant re-adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?

Tickets on sale August 2016!


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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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We are happy to say that in the past few years, Mosque Alert has already touched thousands of audience members through:

* online video development
* staged readings
* collegiate productions
* our own, critically-acclaimed world premiere 

We are proud to announce that Mosque Alert's journey isn't over yet. Mosque Alert's next chapter is a premiere in Germany this October, with several other exciting opportunities right around the corner!

There is a great need for balanced dialogue and education about Muslims and their beliefs in countries around the world, and we are excited that Mosque Alert will soon encourage discussion amongst German audiences.

You can help us spark important conversations on a national level. Your gift today can make a difference in our global reach tomorrow. 

Support our efforts to bring Mosque Alert to a wider community.

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