Production History

World Premiere

Silk Road Rising (Artistic Director, Jamil Khoury; Executive Director Malik Gillani)
Pierce Main, The Historic Chicago Temple, Chicago, Illinois
March 24 - May 15, 2016
Directed by Edward Torres

The cast was:

TED Mark Ulrich
EMILY Rengin Altay
CARL Riley McIlveen
JEN Nina Ganet
DANIEL Steve Silver
MOSTAFA Frank Sawa
AISHA Amy J. Carle
TAWFIQ Rom Barkhordar
AMINAH Rula Gardenier
SAMAR Sahar Dika
FARID Andrew L. Saenz

The production team was:

Set Design Dan Stratton
Costume Design Elsa Hiltner
Lighting Design Lindsey Lyddan
Sound Design and Original Compositions Thomas Dixon
Properties Design Alec Long
Production Manager Corey Pond
Stage Manager Caitlin Roper
Developmental Dramaturg Neal Ryan Shaw
Production Dramaturg Anneliese McSweeney
Cultural Consultant Fouad Teymour

Development History

10-Minute Play

American Theater Company (PJ Paparelli, Artistic Director), 10x10 Festival, Chicago, Illinois March 7, 2011
Directed by Karen Yates
The cast was: Don Bender, Nicholas Cimino, Susaan Jamshidi, and Justine Serino

Inaugural Kick-Off Luncheon

Presented at The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
September 8, 2011
Keynote address by playwright Jamil Khoury, who explained the inspiration and strategy behind Silk Road Rising's online, new play development and civic engagement process that was designed to assist Khoury in the writing of Mosque Alert.  Over one hundred guests attended.

Digital and Online Development Phase

2 video essays, 24 video blogs, 9 conflict scenes, 1 compilation video
September 15, 2011 - March 28, 2013
Directed by Jamil Khoury
Edited by Deann Baker
The cast was: Don Bender, Nicholas Cimino, Melissa Kong, Fawzia Mirza, Khurram Mozaffar, and Justine Serino

 College Productions


Knox College
February 25-28, 2015
Directed by Neil Blackadder
The cast was: Caleb Awe, John Bird, Ayesha Ismael Fariz, Jayel Gant, Ngan Le, Trevor Marshall, Zak Metalsky, Ben Rezko, Alexia Vasilopoulos, Zair Zahid and Sammie Zimay
Harbach Theater, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois


Valparaiso University
November 11-15, 2015
Directed by George Potter
The cast was: Frank Caputo, Daniel Ferenczi, Jilaine Heitkotter, Marcellus Jaamal, Max Kircher, Carley Kolsch, Nicholas Kwiecinski, Sarah Leho, Brooke McGaughey, Benjamin Mueller and Becky Valek
Studio Theater, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University's production of Mosque Alert was selected as the State of Indiana's entry for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's 2016 Evening of Scenes - Midwest Region. Two scenes from the play were performed on January 6, 2016, in the Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.


North Central College
Co-produced by Silk Road Rising
October 27-30, 2016
Directed by Carin Silkaitis and Dave Peterson
The cast was: Nathan Calaranan, Michael Frohling, Juan Munoz Terrazas, Kat Davis, Laura Ebsworth, Alex Poe, Darraugh Griffin, Shelby Slager, Nik Kmiecik, Jake Elkins, and Maddie DePorter
The Theatre at Meiley-Swallow, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois

Staged Readings

Queens College Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (Sophia McGee, Acting Director) and Voyage Theater Company (Wayne Maugans, Artistic Director)
October 15, 2015, Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, New York, New York
October 16, 2015, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, New York, New York
Directed by Wayne Maugans
The cast was: Noam Ash, Amr El-Bayoumi, Christopher Graham, Polina Ionina, Lameece Issaq, Dariush Kashani, Sade Namei, Mary Round, Monna Sabouri, Imran Sheikh, Paul Urcioli, and Debra Whitfield



Silk Road Rising
October 20, 2015, Madden Theater, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
October 22, 2015, Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois
Directed by Carin Silkaitis
The cast was: Annelyse Ahmad, Christian Castro, Robyn Coffin, Olivia Crary, Maddie DePorter, Catherine Dildilian, Levi Holloway, Daniel Houle, Nik Kmiecik, Sophia Menendian and Jake Szczepaniak



Lichthof Theater and Silk Road Rising
October 14 -15, 2016, Lichthof Theater, Hamburg, Germany
February 23-24, 2017, Lichthof Theater, Hamburg, Germany
Directed by Susanne Knierim
Translated into German by Ulrike Syha under the title Achtung Moschee
The cast was: Erçan Altun, Ronja Donath, Serdar Ilbuga, Cecilia de la Jara, Ahmet Kalebas, Thomas Klees, Rouven Klischies, Jörn Knebel, Silja von Kriegstein, Dilara Schroeder, and Anja Topf
The German translation and staged readings were supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund.


Mosaic Theatre Company of DC and Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (select excerpts from play)
December 11, 2016, 3rd Annual Summit of Washington Area Imams and Rabbis, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Washington D.C.
Directed by Ari Roth
The cast was: Ahmad Kamal, Dylan Morrison Myers, Ari Roth, and Keith L. Royal Smith