Community Outreach

HOMES / Tied by Water: an interdisciplinary work-in-progress by Moheb Soliman


Bruce Silcox Photo 3Poet, performance artist, and Joyce Foundation Fellow Moheb Soliman is tracing the entire Great Lakes coastline by land from June through October for his work-in-progress HOMES / Tied by Water, about nature, modernity, identity, belonging, and more. When Moheb reaches Chicago, The Joyce Foundation and Silk Road Rising will host a special event introducing the artist and project and creating a space for a unique discussion intersecting art, environment, and identity. Learn more >>

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Reception
6:30 PM-7 PM: Performance
7 PM-7:30 PM: Q&A 

Tickets are FREE. Reserve your seat here.
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Learn more about Moheb, HOMES / Tied by Water and check out photos from his journey here

Listen to an interview of Moheb Soliman discussing HOMES / Tied by Water on Radio Canada:

Live Theatre

Yellow Dress

October 1 through October 4
Written and Performed by Marissa Lichwick
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

Marissa WebsiteYellow Dress is a powerful performance that explores the dual identity of a Korean American adoptee and raises the question, In the American melting pot, what remains of one's roots? This coming-of-age play follows two orphans through the streets of South Korea, into the suburban American heartland, and their fortuitous journey back to Korea, back to their past.

Performance Schedule
- Thursday at 7:30pm
- Friday at 8:00pm
- Saturday at 4:00pm
- Sunday at 4:00pm
$15/$12 student

Discounts: - 25% Off for groups of 10 or more
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Mosque Alert

Ma 360wMosque Alert tells the story of two suburban American families living in Naperville, IL—one Christian, the other Muslim—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

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 >>