Our 15th Anniversary Season

Our 15th Anniversary 2017-2018 Season


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Crescent And Star: Arab And Muslim Journeys

Crescent and Star Staged Reading Series: Arab and Muslim Journeys

Fouad Teymour
Playwright Fouad Teymour

Twice, Thrice, Frice

August 5 and 6, 2017
Written by Fouad Teymour
Directed by Kareem Fahmy

After news of an affair involving one of their husbands, long-held secrets begin to emerge in the lives of three Muslim women, threatening the friendship that binds them together. With humor and mischief, Twice, Thrice, Frice unleashes a debate about polygamy and fidelity, as each woman struggles with her sexuality and faith.

Fawzia Afzal KhanPlaywright Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours! 

August 19 and 20, 2017
Written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Directed by George Potter

A Muslim feminist responds to the hijacking of Islam by patriarchal extremists. Her unfiltered, stream of consciousness reflections provide a potent indictment of the surreal and sardonic world we now inhabit, and a welcome reminder that sisterhood is powerful.

Mona Mansour 1Playwright Mona Mansour

We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War 

September 9 and 10, 2017
Written by Mona Mansour
Directed by Anna Bahow

Should an Arab American enlist in the U.S. military? A progressive woman and her conservative nephew dip into the treacherous waters of identity, family, and militarism. Co-commissioned with San Francisco’s Golden Thread Productions and New York’s Lark Play Development Center as part of the Middle East America New Plays Initiative, We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War blurs the lines between “us” and “them,” presenting a provocative exploration of the tragic and indelible ripples of war.

Wild Boar The U.S. Premiere

Wild Boar - The US Premiere

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November 9 to December 17, 2017
Written by Candace Chong
Chinese to English Translation by Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith
Adapted by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Helen Young

A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.



In Collaboration With The Goethe Institut

In Collaboration with the Goethe-Institut: A Pairing of Staged Readings

P3 M5 Slider Graphic 737x320P3M5: The Plurality of Privacy Project 

January 13 and 14, 2018

What does privacy mean in the digital age? P3M5 is a groundbreaking transatlantic theater project featuring 5-Minute Plays from such renowned playwrights as Philip Kan Gotanda, Kenneth Lin, Rachida Lamrabet, and Marioan Hosseini. Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Washington, D.C., and theaters across the U.S. and Europe, the collection aims to create an artistic and cultural dialogue around our divergent understandings of privacy in North America and Europe.

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MehdiPlaywright Mehdi Moradpour

Pure Land 

February 3 and 4, 2018
Written by Mehdi Moradpour 
Translated from German to English by Neil Blackadder

German Iranian playwright Mehdi Moradpour’s Reines Land, nominated for the Munich Prize for German Drama, traces the story of Tara, a pregnant Middle Eastern woman seeking political asylum amidst crippling bureaucracy and crumbling relationships. Translated from German to English with the same poetic language that won Moradpour the prestigious Exil-DramtikerInnen-Preis, a German theatre award for outstanding playwrights-in-exile, and presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Pure Land pits a torturous past against an uncertain future with sobering effect.

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Through The Elevated Line

Through the Elevated Line - The World Premiere

Belly Art New Mini Tiny

March 8 to April 15, 2018
Written by Novid Parsi
Directed by Carin Silkaitis

Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister’s Chicago doorstep only to disrupt the life she and her American husband have built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Novid Parsi’s world premiere drama probes the boundaries between family, loss, prejudice, and desire.





Hollow Art Revised (1) Mini Tiny

May 17 to May 27, 2018
Written and Performed by Anu Bhatt
Directed by Barbara Zahora

Anu Bhatt combines the personal with the poetic in her new one-woman show about depression, body image, and sexual assault. Seeking a balance of identities as a South Asian working actor in Chicago, Bhatt investigates the meaning of success as she embraces her own unique identity. With courage and self-effacing humor, she combines raw memories with lyricism in a daring dance for empowerment through imperfection.



New China Festival

New China Festival: Staged Readings of Plays from the Chinese Speaking World

New China David HelennocaptionsLead Curator David Henry Hwang and Lead Director Helen Young

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts
Plays To Be Announced
July 2018
Curator: David Henry Hwang
Lead Director: Helen Young

Staged readings of three plays translated from Chinese to English that highlight the work of contemporary playwrights from the Chinese speaking world. Stylistically and aesthetically diverse, the featured plays examine a Chinese society rife with tensions between tradition and accelerating change, consumerism and communism, and authoritarianism and personal freedom. New China Festival will also include a panel discussion about the state of theatre in the Chinese speaking world and the insights American audiences can gain from Chinese plays.

Live Theatre

Subscribe to Our 15th Anniversary Season!

Subscriptions are available by calling the Box Office at 312.857.1234 ext. 201 or online at www.SilkRoadRising.org. For our 15th Anniversary Season, we are offering three different subscription packages:

15th Anniversary Season FlexPass + Staged Reading Series Total Access - $165.00

Each 15th Anniversary Season FlexPass + Staged Reading Series Total Access offers you one ticket to all three of our Mainstage Productions (Wild Boar, Through the Elevated Line, and Hollow/Wave), as well as one ticket to each of the eight plays in our three Staged Reading series ("Crescent and Star" series, "In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut" series, and "New China Festival").

15th Anniversary Season Mainstage FlexPass - $85.00

Each 15th Anniversary Season Mainstage FlexPass offers you one ticket to all three of our Mainstage Productions (Wild Boar, Through the Elevated Line, and Hollow/Wave).

15th Anniversary Season Staged Reading Series FlexPass - $80.00

Each 15th Anniversary Season Staged Reading Series FlexPass offers you one ticket to each play in our Staged Reading Series ("Crescent and Star" Series, "In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut" Series, and "New China Festival").Each 15th Anniversary Season Staged Reading Series FlexPass offers you one ticket to each of the eight plays in our three Staged Reading series ("Crescent and Star" series, "In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut" series, and "New China Festival").


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Video Plays

The Four Hijabs

Man TalkingAn Animated Short + Panel Discussion

Written by Dr. Manal Hamzeh & Jamil Khoury

Directed by Liz Wuerffel
Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy

Learn more at www.FourHijabs.org


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 >>