Silk Road Rising (Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Founding Executive Director Malik Gillani) and International Voices Project (Patrizia Acerra, Executive Director and Maggie Carlin, Administrative Manager) are proud to announce the World Premiere of Twice, Thrice, Frice, written by Fouad Teymour and directed by Patrizia Acerra. The production will run from October 1 to November 10, 2019 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602.
In this 90-minute comedy, three Muslim women confront adultery and polygamy when one of their husbands marries a second wife. Friendship, fidelity, and faith are called into question as each woman reevaluates bonds once believed unbreakable, and discovers humor amongst the heartbreak. From Playwright Fouad Teymour: "Over the years, I have come to develop a passion for finding the answers to challenging questions that emerge from community debates, especially those relating to America’s Muslim community’s efforts to interpret and practice Islam within a modern, American, context. Twice, Thrice, Frice is my humble attempt to tackle some of these: Does a Muslim woman need to agree with her husband's right to polygamy in order for her to be considered a pious Muslim? Does a Muslim man who engages in polygamy experience torment due to the hurt he causes his first wife?… However, I do not want to leave you with the impression that Twice, Thrice, Frice is exclusively about Islam and polygamy. The play is about the relativity of ethics, morals, norms, principles and beliefs as practiced by the faithful across all religious traditions.”
The creative team for Twice, Thrice, Frice includes Fouad Teymour (Playwright), Patrizia Acerra (Director), Corey Pond (Associate Producer), Andy Lynn (Production Manager), S.G. Heller* (Stage Manager), José Manuel Diaz Soto (Scenic Designer), Noël Huntzinger (Costume Designer), Lindsey Lyddan (Lighting Designer), Andrew Hopson (Sound Design and Original Music), Jonathan Berg-Einhorn (Properties Designer), Jon Beal (Fight Choreographer), Andrew Glasenhardt (Technical Director), Marina Bergenstock (Dramaturg), Benjamin Carne (Master Electrician), Jordan Affeldt (Assistant Stage Manager), Allyson Leisure (Assistant Costume Designer) and Spencer Fritz (Dresser/Stage Hand).
The cast includes Catherine Dildilian as Amira, Marielle Issa as Samara, Annalise Raziq as Khadija. Understudies include Tina El Gamal, Alyssa Fantel, and Talia Langman.
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
About the Artists
Fouad Teymour (Playwright) is a Chicago-based Egyptian American playwright. As an associate artist of Silk Road Rising, and a board member for International Voices Project (IVP) he is thrilled to be working with both organizations on this co-production. The world premiere of his play Blue Fish in A Tall Clear Vase was produced in 2017 at Three Cat Productions where he has previously collaborated on The Other Side of Christmas (2016) and Holiday Stories (2015), and where his play An Afternoon With My Mother (2015) was featured in the Chicago New Work Festival. Two of his plays, Twice, Thrice, Frice... and The Night Jesus Joined the Revolution (2012), have received Staged Readings at Silk Road Rising, where he also collaborated on several projects including Mosque Alert, The Four Hijabs, and Christmas Mubarak, and is featured in Jamil Khoury’s Obstacle Course. His translation of Ahmed Serag's The Castle and the Sparrow (Arabic) was performed in IVP 2014 and published in June 2015 by Dar Ibda'a (Egypt). He has directed staged readings of 2 plays by Syrian playwright Mohamed Al-Attar (IVP 2015). Twice, Thrice, Frice was part of the Crescent and Star Staged Reading Series at Silk Road Rising (August 2017), the New American Voices Series at Queens Theater, NY (October 2018), and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival BAPF 2018.
Patrizia Lombardi Acerra (Director) is a stage director and producer with three decades of playmaking in the US and Italy. As founder and Executive Director of the ten year old International Voices Project (IVP) she produces and directs a festival of new plays from around the globe read and performed in translation. Acerra holds an MA in Communications, an MA in Pastoral Studies and is currently writing her PhD dissertation focusing on the important history of AIDS Drama in Chicago 1980-1996. In addition Acerra works as an educator and leader teaching courses in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at DePaul University. Favorite projects include The Sultan’s Dilemma (Egypt), Oceano Mare / Ocean Sea (Italy), Cosi e? Se vi pare! (Italy) and Einstein’s Dreams (North America).
Twice, Thrice, Frice will run from October 1st to November 10th, 2019.
During previews, performances will occur Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00pm.
After opening, performances will occur Mondays at 7:30pm*, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm, and Sundays at 4:00pm.
* Special Monday performances on October 21 and October 28.
Previews: October 1 - October 12, 2019
Press Opening: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4:00pm
Regular Run: October 15 - November 10, 2019
Preview Performances: $28 for adults, $15.50 for students
Regular Performances: $38 for adults, $28 for students
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.SilkRoadRising.org or by calling the Silk Road Rising Box Office at 312.857.1234 x201.
Production Sponsors and Supporters
The world premiere production of Twice, Thrice, Frice is proudly sponsored by: Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, The Bass Fund, and ComEd.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
All performances will take place at:
Silk Road Rising
77 W. Washington St, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60602
About Silk Road Rising:
Silk Road Rising is a community-centered art making and arts service organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences. Through storytelling and dialogue, we challenge disinformation, promote a culture of continuous learning, and explore what it means to be Americans. Learn more at: https://www.silkroadrising.org
About International Voices Project:
International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. Learn more at: http://www.ivpchicago.org
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