lakeeffectSilk Road Rising co-founders, Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Executive Director Malik Gillani, launch their company’s 2013 season with the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect. All performances will be presented in the company’s venue in Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building at 77 W. Washington St. in Chicago. 

The Lake Effect

April 23 – May 26, 2013

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Timothy Douglas

Featuring: Minita Gandhi*, Adam Poss*, and Mark Smith
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Synopsis: From the playwright of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, comes the world premiere of The Lake Effect. In a depressed Cleveland neighborhood amidst a fierce winter storm, an Indian American brother and sister, long estranged, are reunited by the sudden death of their father. Enter their late father’s African American confidante and gambling bookie, and a slew of family secrets get unearthed. The Lake Effect sets in motion a complicated web of relationships and conflicts that challenge our perceptions of race, gender, and success.

The Lake Effect was co-commissioned by Silk Road Rising and Crossroads Theatre (New Brunswick, New Jersey) with development support from The Lark Play Development Center (New York City).

Previews: April 23 – April 26, 2013
Press Opening: Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
Regular Run: April 27 – May 26, 2013
Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays: 7:30pm+
Wednesdays: 7:30pm++
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

+ There will be one Tuesday performance on April 23, 2013.
++ There will be one Wednesday performance on April 24, 2013.

Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. (lower level) Chicago.

$28.00 preview performances; $38.00 regular performances.
Box Office:
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About Silk Road Rising

Silk Road Rising (formerly known as Silk Road Theatre Project) creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview.

For more information on Silk Road Rising please contact Malik Gillani at (312) 857-1234 ext. 202, or email him at