2014

A Must-Smell Play: Syrian refugees tell their stories, both funny and horrific, to the aroma of frying onions by R. Sheth

The Guardian
By Laura Barnett
April 19, 2014

As Jaber's character travels to Lebanon and Jordan, looking for the vanished Ashraf, displaced Syrians tell her their stories. Some are horrific, some are bleakly funny: all have the ring of truth, and remind us of the infinite human ability to adapt to our circumstances, even in the middle of a war zone.

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Brahman/i by R. Sheth

TimeOut Chicago
By Kris Vire
April 4, 2014

Presented here in a smart collaboration between Silk Road Rising and About Face Theatre, Brahman/i hinges on a fiery, magnetic central performance by Fawzia Mirza, who pins down just the right kind of dangerous charisma needed to spin this tale...

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The Hundred Flowers Project by R. Sheth

The Times of Northwest Indiana
By Phil Potempa
October 28, 2014

The Hundred Flowers Project is a new production that immerses audiences in the creation of a play; layered in process, is something that is tough to capture in words. But the themes and ideas are important, once the mind is wrapped around the opportunity to become lost in what is unfolding in each and every media minute.

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The Hundred Flowers Project by R. Sheth

Chicago Critic
By Jacob Davis
October 25, 2014

Silk Road Rising’s latest production is the deeply philosophical The Hundred Flowers Project...The endlessly repeating chain of screens and cameras made a fascinating spectacle, aided by Sarah K. Hughey’s lighting and Peter J. Storms’s sound design. Director Joanie Schultz and technical director Jason Pikscher deserve a lot of credit for getting all these elements moving together...The play contains a lot of ideas about how social media seems to be a vehicle for organic expressions but actually result from manipulation, as in the Facebook mood experiment, or allows people to perpetually revise their persona, as with Snapchat.

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The Hundred Flowers Project by R. Sheth

October 16–November 23, 2014

The Midwest Premiere
Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.

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Mosque Alert: Playwright Jamil Khoury visits Knox by R. Sheth

The Knox Student
By Aakruse
October 9, 2014

Playwright Jamil Khoury creates plays as spaces that open up conversation across countries and cultures Ñ conversation not unlike that which takes place every day at Knox. Khoury is the author of “Mosque Alert,” a play that will be produced at Knox during winter term and directed by Professor Neil Blackadder. This past Wednesday and Friday, Khoury held workshops on his play in which students added to and revised a draft of his work. On Tuesday night, the night before the first workshop, Khoury showed one of his company’s films, entitled “Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness.” After the film he led a discussion in which students defined and debated cultural identity in America. It was clear Khoury wasn’t just there to lecture; he relished the conversation. That dialogue is a pillar of the Chicago-based theater company Silk Road Rising, of which Khoury is co-founder and Artistic Director.

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Unmanned by R. Sheth

June 2829, 2014

Written by Robert Myers
Directed by Sandeep Das

By turns comic and appalling, Unmanned dramatizes the lives of two drone operators in a remote desert in the American Southwest—one, a retired male fighter pilot too terrified to fly again; the other, a young female gamer who has never flown. This sets the stage for an exploration of the bizarre and disturbing profession of the military drone “pilot” and the ways in which technology has radically altered contemporary life and warfare.

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The Translator by R. Sheth

June 1920, 2014

Written and Directed by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf

The Translator tells the story of Sammy, an English-Arabic translator who defected from Syria, and Zaid, his politically active brother who is arrested for peacefully demonstrating against the regime. A fearful Sammy illegally returns to Syria in order to find his brother and in the process discovers his courage.

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