A drama by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Phoebe Moyer
January 26 - February 18, 2018
This 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play depicts prejudices that secretly persist in even the most progressive cultural circles.
Now a TBA Recommended Production!
THE STORY: A successful Pakistani-American lawyer is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. His wife, is white; she’s an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
Emily: Ilana Niernberger
Amir: Jared Wright
Abe: Adrian Causor
Jory: Jazmine Pierce
Isaac: Mike Schaeffer*
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Disgraced is an Equity-approved project.
- Director: Phoebe Moyer
- Set Designer: Argo Thompson
- Lighting Designer: April George
- Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
- Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
- Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize
"…a continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world, with an accent on the incendiary topic of how radical Islam and the terrorism it inspires have affected the public discourse. In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar…puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…Mr. Akhtar's cut-crystal dialogue is so stimulating. Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off limits at social gatherings. But watching Mr. Akhtar's characters rip into these forbidden topics, there's no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater."
"…blistering social drama about the racial prejudices that secretly persist in progressive cultural circles…Akhtar knows how to build a scene and maintain suspense, so there's a sense of inevitability about the damage that's done over the course of the evening. But because of the artful construction, it still comes as a shock when the two couples go into attack mode."
"What makes Disgraced impressive is that Akhtar, having invented four educated, intelligent adult characters, lets the burgeoning mess articulate itself through their interaction…you rarely feel the playwright nudging them in the right direction."
"Timely and thought-provoking..."
—North Bay Bohemian