Silk Road Rising

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Silk Road Rising is a production unit located in Downtown Chicago which presents plays written by individuals of Asian and Arab descent. They were previously known as Silk Road Theatre Project. The name change was brought on by a revision of their mission statement to include online video plays in addition to their live theatre.[1]

The professional theatre is located in the modern basement of the Chicago Temple Building, 77 Washington Street, directly across from the Richard J. Daley Center.

The Project is unaffiliated with the Methodist Church above and maintains a secular relationship.


Silk Road Rising's 2011 production of Scorched received three Jeff Awards including Actress in a Supporting Role, Lighting Design and Sound Design.[2]

In 2013, Silk Road Rising received Chicago Sinfonietta's Chairperson's Award for Diversity and Inclusion.[3]

In 2014 Silk Road Rising was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.[4]

Production history[edit]

2013 season[edit]

Past seasons[edit]

  • 2012
  • Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret[5]
  • Night Over Erzinga by Adriana Sevahn Nichols[6]
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity and Utter Confusion
  • Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
  • 2009
  • Pangs of the Messiah by Motti Lerner
  • Silk Road Cabaret: Broadway Sings the Silk Road
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith by Yussef El Guindi
  • 2004
  • 2003

Online Video Plays[edit]

  • both/and (2011)[7]
  • Not Quite White (2012)[8]
  • The Balancing Arab (2012)[9]
  • Mosque Alert (ongoing)

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