|Written by||Jamil Khoury|
|Directed by||Neil Blackadder|
In producing Mosque Alert, Knox will assist with the development of a new play by Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Chicago theatre company Silk Road Rising. Khoury will visit campus several times before and during rehearsals and production, and deliver presentations with video screenings for the entire campus community.
Mosque Alert tells the story of two suburban American families living in Naperville, Illinois - one nominally Christian, the other observantly Muslim - who find their lives intertwined and interrupted by a proposal to build a new mosque in their community. The proposed Islamic Center of DuPage Country is a large, architecturally ambitious complex slated to be built on the site of a much beloved though now defunct church in Naperville's downtown. Part docudrama, part agitprop theatre, part family ruckus, Mosque Alert explores who we are as 21st Century Americans amidst debates about community, identity, religious pluralism, multiculturalism, Islamophobia, national security, and civil rights.