Salep & Silk

A Historic feast where East meets West along the Silk Road

About the Play

Two travelers, three time periods, a princess and a cop. From the fall of Rome to the advent of artificial intelligence, an ancient road between East and West remains… Mahzun comes from west of Samerkand; Jamuk from the Eastern frontiers of Central Asia. Once a year they meet along the Silk Road to share food, stories, and the latest ideas.

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Each of Salep & Silk’s three acts takes place in a different time period, but our heroes remain the same, representing an ancestral tradition that runs from 550CE to 1800CE and beyond. Mahzun comes from west of Samerkand, Jamuk from the eastern frontiers of Central Asia. Once a year they meet along the Silk Road to continue a family tradition sharing food, stories, and the latest ideas. It is these ideas that weave the three acts together, as well as the other principle characters: Parsa, a strong arm regulator with authority over the road, and a beautiful Chinese Princess. In act one (550CE) the Princess smuggles the secret of silk from China to Rome. Act two (1280CE) takes place on the eve of Mongol power in Central Asia, and a lesson in binary math accompanies an investigation on the mysteries of love. Act three (1806CE) features a Frenchman on his way to China to deliver the world’s first functioning android from one emperor to another.

The original stage play, “Salep & Silk” was written early in the summer of 2010, and produced that fall by Montana Actor’s Theater Company at the Crystal Theater behind the Silk Road Restaurant in Missoula, MT.