Silk Road Rising Announces 2015-16 Season

 Silk Road Rising’s season includes five new exciting plays:
Silk Road Rising 2016-16A Great Dive
August 13-16, 2015
Written & Performed by Puja Mohindra
Directed by Andrew Volkoff

Are you ready for romance? Geeta Gidwani thinks she is. A young, Indian American woman caught between conflicting notions of Eastern and Western love, she rejects the idea of arranged marriage. Geeta wants to fall madly in love like she’s seen in Bollywood movies and on TV; so when she meets Manish, she is eager to start a fairytale adventure with her soulmate. Geeta’s father has just one rule when it comes to love: “Don’t bring him home unless you’re going to get married.” Learn more and buy tickets >>

fb af c eaaebdc Silk Road Rising 2016-16Yellow Dress
October 1-4, 2015

Written & Performed by Marissa Lichwick
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

Born out of her experiences growing up as a Korean adoptee in a family of ten in upstate New York, this coming-of-age, one woman show follows two orphans through the streets of South Korea, into the suburban American heartland, and their fortuitous journey back. Back to Korea, back to their past. Learn more and buy tickets >>

Silk Road Rising 2016-16My American Cousin
November 19-22, 2015

Written & Performed by Jameeleh Shelo
Directed by Min-aha Beeck

My American Cousin is a one woman sketch comedy show with a unique glimpse at the life of an Arab American Muslim woman from the south side of Chicago as she navigates her way through cultural pressures and societal assumptions. From arranged marriages to 9/11 and Ramadan to the age old question—“Why are most cabbies from the Middle East?”—nothing is off-limits. Learn more and buy tickets >>

abfda e c eacdad Silk Road Rising 2016-16Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia
February 18-21, 2016

Written & Performed by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow

A musical journey following the life and legacy of the ninth century musician and polymath, Ziryab, who rose out of slavery to achieve extraordinary fame throughout Islamic Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. His influence on music, fashion, and the culinary arts are still seen around the world to this day.Learn more and buy tickets >>

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The Professional World Premiere

March 24-May 1, 2016

Written by Jamil Khoury
Directed by Eddie Torres

Inspired by the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy in New York City, and developed, in part, via online conversations and live community events, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning, civil rights, and Islamophobia, with humor, family drama, and refreshingly blunt honesty. Learn more and buy tickets >>

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