Chicago Tribune: Silk Road Rising announces 2017-18 season

by Morgan Greene  Chicago Tribune

by Morgan Greene 

Chicago Tribune

Silk Road Rising has announced its 15th anniversary season, which includes two world premieres.

First up is "Wild Boar" (Nov. 9-Dec. 17), written by Hong Kong playwright Candace Chong, translated by Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith and adapted by David Henry Hwang. Helen Young will direct the thriller about the investigation that follows a controversial professor's disappearance.

The premiere of Novid Parsi's "Through the Elevated Line" (March 8-April 15, 2018) follows. Carin Silkaitis will direct the Chicago-set story about a gay Iranian man who ends up at his sister's home, as the Cubs are on the cusp of making history.

Another premiere follows with the one-woman show "Hollow/Wave" (May 17-May 27, 2018), written and performed by Anu Bhatt and directed by Barbara Zahora. Bhatt, a South Asian actor working in Chicago, explores issues of body image and identity.

The season also includes a number of staged readings: "Twice, Thrice, Frice" (Aug. 5-6), written by Fouad Teymour and directed by Kareem Fahey; "Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours!" (Aug. 19-20), written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan and directed by George Potter; and "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" (Sept. 9-10), written by Mona Mansour and directed by Anna Bahow.

And in summer 2018, Hwang will curate staged readings of plays translated from Chinese to English.