“Mosque Alert” Comes to Naperville

Silk Road Rising’s production of the drama “Mosque Alert” has been picked up by North Central College’s theatre department.

Inspired by real events that happened in New York City, the play tells the story of how the proposal to build an Islamic center at a historic landmark in Naperville is seen through the eyes of three different Naperville families.

“I think there’s definitely a message of tolerance, I think there’s definitely a message about pluralism, about what it means to be an American in the 21st century, and how we’re always grappling with those definitions, and I think it’s ultimately, it’s about who’s your neighbor” said Jamil Khoury, Playwright of “Mosque Alert.”

The play takes direction under Carin Silkaitis, a North Central Associate Professor of Theatre who helped bring the story from Chicago to Naperville in hopes of changing a small part of the world through art.

“It was so right for so many different reasons. The play is set in Naperville, it’s got these young people who are college students and it’s got that civic engagement, critical inquiry piece, that I’m so passionate about, Silk Road Rising is passionate about, and so many of my students are,” said Silkaitis.

The drama was previously performed in Chicago and read in Naperville.

Naperville previously dealt with a similar issue when the city heard backlash of a proposal to build a mosque in town in 2011.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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