About both/and

Silk Road Rising's both/and (12 min, 30 sec) is a video play written by Jamil Khoury and directed by J. Paul Preseault. It was released in 2011.

both/and trades the shackles of “either/or” for the wings of complexity.  Khoury's semi-autobiographical video play explores and explodes the persistent tensions between American and Arab, Arab American and gay, for profit and not for profit, and assorted other “disputed territories.”

both/and was derived from Jamil Khoury's stage play WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole, commissioned and produced (March 2 - April 4, 2010) by Silk Road Theatre Project as part of The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion, directed by Steve Scott in association with the Goodman Theatre. 

In Summer 2011, Silk Road Theatre Project filmed a revised version of WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole as a video play.  Please note that WASP in its totality was never released as a video play, as post-production revealed that much of what worked well on the stage didn’t translate to screen. Instead, WASP was adapted and edited into both/and, while other clips were used in Jamil Khoury’s documentary film Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness, released in 2012.