Our Theatre


Experience world-class storytelling in the Chicago Temple. Our intimate jewel box of a theatre houses everything from workshops to staged readings to solo performances to full productions, each story never-before-told on a Chicago stage.

At Silk Road Rising we believe that representation begins at home. If we’re to be the representation we want to see, we need to put the playwright first. Which is why the playwrights we produce hail from the Asian American and Middle Eastern American communities about which they write.

The stories we tell reflect unique Silk Road experiences and enable audiences of all backgrounds to find themselves in journeys that are complex, three-dimensional, and full of surprises. After all, a good story well told unleashes curiosity and invites discovery.



2019 Season

Don't miss a single experience this year—sign up now for a 2019 Membership, which includes the following:

  • EPIC Showcase Fall 2018 (Feb 9-10, 2019)

  • Obstacle Course by Jamil Khoury (Feb 21-27, 2019)

  • Detour Guide by Karim Nagi (Mar 11-Apr 7, 2019)

  • EPIC Showcase Spring 2019 (Jun 8-9, 2019)

  • Staging the Stans Festival (Jul 12-15, 2019)

  • Member Salon (July 14, 2019)

  • Twice, Thrice, Frice… by Fouad Teymour (Oct 1-Nov 10, 2019)

  • West Ridge Story Festival (Dec 14-17, 2019)

  • Invites to members-only sneak peak rehearsals and video projects in development

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EPIC Showcase (Staged Reading) is a presentation of plays written by middle school and high school students providing insight into the issues our youth are grappling with. Readings are performed by Silk Road Rising’s company of actors.

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Obstacle Course by Jamil Khoury (Video Play Screenings) Set in Naperville, Illinois, this 45-minute video play, adapted from Jamil Khoury's stage play Mosque Alert, explores reactions to a proposed Islamic Community Center on the site of a beloved landmark. Allyship, municipal politics, and Islamophobia all intersect in this head-on collision between Not in My Backyard fear mongering, well-intentioned liberalism, and the peaceful practice of faith.

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Detour Guide by Karim Nagi (solo production) This one-man musical, co-produced with Stage Left Theatre, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion & an urban soundscape, master storyteller and musician Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.

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Staging the Stans Festival (Staged Readings) Staging the Stans is a festival of staged readings of plays by Central Asian and Eurasian playwrights curated in collaboration with Kazakh playwright Olzhas Zhanaydarov and Russian playwright Evgeny Kazachkov, and featuring Zhanaydarov's new work, The Store.

Per the plays featured in the festival, the “Stans” refer to the nation-states, and former Soviet Republics, of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and the Autonomous Republic of Tartarstan in Russia.

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Our annual Member Salon is an opportunity to mingle with other supporters of Silk Road Rising at a wine & cheese reception. Experience select scenes from a new work of art and engage with us in a dialogue about the artistic process.

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Twice, Thrice, Frice… by Fouad Teymour (Live Theatre Production) In this 100-minute comedy, three Muslim women confront adultery and polygamy when one of their husbands marries a second wife. Friendship, fidelity, and faith are called into question as each woman reevaluates bonds once believed unbreakable, and discover humor amongst the heartbreak.


West Ridge Story Festival (Staged Reading) West Ridge Story Festival features original plays written by members of this diverse Chicago neighborhood during our long-term residency. We invite you to visit West Ridge and enter the narratives of this community's residents, which are both distinct and reflective of diverse neighborhoods across the US.


Invites to members-only sneak peak rehearsals and video projects in development will be sent out periodically throughout the year. All members will be invited to these exciting opportunities.