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Artistic Ruminations

Humor Me Some Social Change

This essay was posted on Arts Blog as part of Animating Democracy’s December 2013 blog salon exploring how artists, comedians, and other cultural commentators employ humor in the heavy work of social justice. Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts.

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Features

PANGS OF AN APOSTLE

Israeli playwright Motti Lerner has never shied away from controversial subjects (right-wing settlers, Yitzhak Rabin’s murder, Jonathan Pollard), but his new play, “Paulus,” is different. It’s about a historical character whose life and work have barely figured into Jewish thought, although Lerner believes they should have.

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Company News

Jamil Khoury Speaks Out About Silk Road Rising's Latest Production

Interview: Jamil Khoury Speaks Out About Silk Road Rising's Latest Production

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Company News

Racial Profiling Presumes Guilt

In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s slaying and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman, Americans are yet again face-to-face with our nation’s ugly legacy of racial profiling. At Chicago’s Silk Road Rising, that legacy plays out on stage in our Midwest premiere production of Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s INVASION!

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Reviews

Stereotypes of a Dark-Skinned Man Are Confronted On Stage in Invasion!

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With Invasion! , the Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri bombards his audience with a barrage of...

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Artistic Ruminations

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR RACIAL PROFILING: Responding to Hedy Weiss

In responding to Hedy Weiss’ review of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's "Invasion!" I am contesting neither her assessment of the play nor our production of it. I am contesting her support for racial profiling.

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Reviews

‘Invasion!’ arrives at world’s divisive time

The global terror alerts dominating the news in recent days certainly do not help the arguments being made by Jonas Hassen Khemiri in his play, “Invasion!,” now in its Midwest debut by Silk Road Rising. Part satire, part agit-prop, part impassioned look at identity politics, Khemiri’s play (with an English translation by Rachel Wilson-Broyles), is a cry against Muslim profiling.

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Artistic Ruminations

Towards an Arab American American Theatre Movement - Text

READ: This is the text version of the video essay by Jamil Khoury, "Towards and Arab American Theatre Movement."

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Company News

The Jungle Book sets off another rumble by Deanna Isaacs of the Chicago Reader

On June 11, ten days before the first performances of Mary Zimmerman's much-anticipated new show, The Jungle Book, at the Goodman Theatre, Silk Road Rising artistic director Jamil Khoury fired a missive into the blogosphere that got the attention of the local theater community by blasting the writer-director.

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Video Essays

Towards an Arab American American Theatre Movement

WATCH: In this video essay, Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury envisions an Arab American theatre movement that is vibrant, visible, daring, and unafraid of its own power.

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