The internationally lauded Ilkhom Theatre Company from Tashkent, Uzbekistan has thrilled audiences in Europe, Israel, Japan, and the U.S. with its brilliant actors and the remarkable genius of its late artistic director, Mark Weil. Renowned for both its classical and innovative stagings, this astonishing theatre company from Central Asia opens ACT's season with a mini-festival of plays that delves into the culture of the Silk Road and its historical connection to Russia and the West. The work addresses the cultural, religious, and political interactions and conflicts between East and West, between Christian and Muslim traditions, between free and repressive governments, and represents the most exciting international theatrical event to come to Seattle in many years. The two plays featured in the festival are White White Black Stork by Elkin Tuichiev, Mark Weil and Ecstasy With The Pomegranate by M. Weil, D. Tikhomirov. Following the Seattle engagement, the company will head to Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH (April 18-19); Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (April 23); Miami University, Hall Auditorium, Oxford, OH (April 25-26); and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (May 16-18).