Past Event

Invasion!: Racial Profiling, Counter-Stereotyping, and the Media

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Invasion!: Racial Profiling, Counter-Stereotyping, and the Media
A Performance and Conversation 

Invasion! is a tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about culture, race and language. At once hilarious, disturbing and poignant, this mischievously subversive play deconstructs a “threatening” identity – the Arab male – and forces us to confront our own complicated identities.

“For those of us who seek out small Chicago theater to spark thoughts in new directions, Silk Road Rising’s Invasion! delivers this with perfect comic timing and a flawless performance.” — Amy Munice of Splash Magazine 

The show has also caused a storm on social media which you can read more about here

Join us for this special free performance of Silk Road Rising’s Invasion! followed by a conversation about racial profiling, counter-stereotyping and the media with:
Andrew Bashi, Attorney and human rights activist

Nitasha Sharma, Associate Professor Asian American Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University

and others!

6:30pm Pre-Reception
7:30pm Performance

Co-sponsored by Community Media Workshop and the National Lawyers Guild.

This program is made possible in part by the McCormick Foundation’s Why News Matters Initiative and the Joyce Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation’s Why News Matters Initiative is a new grant making program designed to enhance news literacy skills and programs in Chicago.

The Joyce Foundation works to improve communities through the arts and the quality of life in the Great Lakes Region and across the country. 

Free and open to the public. For more information please call 312.422.5580.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580


$8 parking for patrons at Self Park, 230 W Washington St (3 blocks west of the theatre; corner of Washington & Franklin; entrance on Franklin – building with Cosi restaurant).  Ask box office staff for discount coupon.