Jamil Khoury, who grew up in Mount Prospect, has co-curated a staged reading series to humanize the toll of the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine. The series, titled "Semitic Commonwealth," features six playwrights of Jewish and Arab backgrounds and will run at Silk Road Rising, a theatre in the Chicago Loop, from February 10th to February 26th. Featuring a talented team of actors and directors whose work spans Chicagoland and its suburbs, this three-weekend series is poised to be as emotionally affecting as it is politically relevant.
The creative team of "Semitic Commonwealth" is large in both scope and talent. Actors in the series include Sami Ismat, a resident of Evanston, Rachel Silvert, who has been seen on stage in Skokie, Janet Ulrich Brooks, who has performed at Northlight in Skokie, and Steve Silver, who has graced several stages in Skokie and Glenview. The pieces are directed by Jess McLeod, who earned her MFA from Northwestern University in Evanston, as well as Jonathan Green, Anna Bahow, and series co-curator and lead director Michael Malek Najjar.