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This research guide is designed to support the January 22, 2011 Visions and Voices event, The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity and Utter Confusion. Please use this guide to find further information on the topic and the even
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The Project


The DNA Trail grew out of the Silk Road Theatre Project. Jamil Khoury, artistic director, conceived the idea for The DNA Trail, and explains the rationale behind it in an article entitled, "The DNA Trail: From Swab to Stage" (World Literature Today 84:2 (2010): 23-26). 

Another of the featured playwrites, Velina Hasu Houston, discussed the DNA Trail project in an article entitled, "Hiking the DNA Trail" (American Theatre 27:3 (March 2010):40-43).


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