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How to Crowdsource a Play

Silk Road Rising Artistic Director wants to talk about a lot of issues with a lot of people, more than can fit inside a theater. So, he's decided to do something unprecedented. In a medium in which the writer is often seen as God, an unquestionable font of dramatic genius, Jamil Khoury is crowdsourcing his play on the Internet.

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Reviews

Night Over Erzinga

I suspect many are unaware, as I was, of the genocide committed against Armenians by Turks in the first two decades of the 20th century. Those atrocities are not precisely the theme of this ambitious and rich new play by Adriana Sevahn Nichols, but they are ever-present in this complex and compelling story of family and particular immigrant experiences in America.

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Night Over Erzinga Twinkles at Silk Road Rising

Night Over Erzinga is like a 50s-era epic. It has a massive, transgenerational scope, and richly fleshes out a great deal of characters. The story revolves around an Armenian family named Oghidanian, and chronicles the intimate details of no fewer than three generations.

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In 'Erzinga,' forgetting and remembering the past

As befits a company dedicated to stories of diaspora, Silk Road Rising (formerly Silk Road Theatre Project) always seems to shine brightest with plays that traverse years and continents, yet still find their greatest strength and solace in the twisted DNA of family connections.

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A Compelling Night of Storytelling

Alice and Jimmy are a young married couple. They are raising a daughter in post-depression USA. What make them different from any other couple? They survived the genocide of their Armenian homeland. Alice is haunted by the real nightmares of her past. Jimmy lives with the unknown fate of his loved ones. A tortured Alice tries to assimilate into her adopted country through her music. Although Jimmy chases the American dream of monetary success, he wants to keep his wife rooted in the ways of the old country. He won’t let Alice sing in public. As time passes, not dealing with their shared realities impacts their daughter, Ava. As an adult, Ava is trapped in ignorance and betrayal. Her fear will separate her from the family. At its best, Night Over Erzinga compels with moments of gut-punching, eye-opening, heart-ripping storytelling. At its worse, Night Over Erzinga flounders into a Desilu Productions’ backstory.

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Video Essays

The Armenian Genocide and Night Over Erzinga

WATCH: The Armenian Genocide and Night Over Erzinga . A Video Essay Written & Delivered by Artistic Director Jamil Khoury.

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Traveling the Silk Road to the stage

Traveling the Silk Road to the stage

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Video Essays

On both/and and Being a Both/And-er

WATCH: Playwright Jamil Khoury discusses the ideas and inspirations surrounding his video play "both/and" and responds to his critics.

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Southlander in Silk Road Rising’s ‘Doctor is Indian’

Southlander in Silk Road Rising’s ‘Doctor is Indian’

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WGN Podcast - Interview with Jamil Khoury

Dean Richards of WGN interviews Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury to discuss our online civic engagement project, "Mosque Alert."

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