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The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful: Reflecting on Silk Road Rising's Induction into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

On November 12, 2014, in a ceremony at the Chicago History Museum, Silk Road Rising will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The significance of this honor, with its myriad of cultural and political meanings, cannot be overestimated. For it is not just recognition, it is vindication. Silk Road Rising is a non-profit theatre and media arts company founded by a gay male couple, inaugurated with a Palestinian/Jewish/Lesbian-themed play, and committed, in part, to the holistic integration of feminist and queer stories within the canons of Asian American and Middle Eastern American storytelling.

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‘Mosque Alert’: Playwright Jamil Khoury visits Knox

Students circle around Playwright-In-Residence Jamil Khoury and Professor Theatre Neil Blackadder to workshop “Mosque Alert” Friday, Oct. 3 in the Center for Fine Arts. The play takes place in Naperville, Ill. and tells the story of two American families and the communities religious differences. (Williams Shen/TKS)

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JAMIL KHOURY: REPRESENTATION IN THE LOCAL THEATRE

JAMIL KHOURY: REPRESENTATION IN THE LOCAL THEATRE
Posted by The Theatre School at DePaul University
Dramaturgy/Criticism Program Blog on September 30, 2014 ·

Jamil KhouryDylan Fahoome (Playwriting, ’16) and Morgan Greene (Theatre Arts, ’15) discuss the present condition of representation in theatre locally, both in Chicago and at The Theatre School with playwright and scholar, Jamil Khoury.

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Fears of the Artist

For me, the summer of 2013 will forever be remembered as my summer of protest. Or more accurately, my summer of seizing the narrative, first from director Mary Zimmerman and then from theatre critic Hedy Weiss. It was an “up close and personal” with the the harm that’s inflicted when cultural elites leverage power and privilege to either define other people’s experiences or malign entire communities. And it was a vivid reminder of the capacity of said elites (even if well-intentioned) to cow and silence potential challengers, particularly within minority communities. Perhaps it was the summer I refused to be cowed and silenced.

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