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Public indifference and a corrupt police force silence young victims lured from their homeland by a Kazakh trafficker. Promises of money, citizenship, and family reunification set the stage for a life of indentured servitude and abuse, a reality rationalized by religious interpretations of master and slave.

"Staging the Stans" is a festival of staged readings of plays by Central Asian and Eurasian playwrights curated in collaboration with Kazakh playwright Olzhas Zhanaydarov and Russian playwright Evgeny Kazachkov. The “Stans” refer to the nation-states (and former Soviet Republics) of Central Asia and certain Muslim-majority autonomous republics within the Russian Federation. For purposes of this festival, the included Stans are: Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tartarstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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1hr 30min (No Intermission)

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Silk Road Rising at The Chicago Temple Building

77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall, Chicago, IL 60602

7/13 - 7/14

This show closes on Sunday, July 14.

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