THOUGHTS: Disgraced at Berkeley Rep

Dinner party - Disgraced

(l to r) Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Zakiya Young (Jory), and J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, an engrossing and combustible drama that probes the complexity of identity, at Berkeley Rep.
Photo credit: Liz Lauren

It seems Pakistani-American Amir Kapoor (Bernard White) is living the American Dream. He has an Upper East Side apartment complete with a balcony; a beautiful, blonde, artist wife Emily (Nisi Sturgis); and he is poised to make partner at his corporate law firm. But one New York Times story, and an explosive dinner party with his co-worker Jory (Zakiya Young) and her husband Isaac (J. Anthony Crane) threatens to shatter everything that he has worked for.

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THOUGHTS: Disgraced

disgracedposterWhat happens when you distance yourself from your cultural roots in order to move up the corporate ladder? What is lost? And what is merely hidden, just below the surface, waiting until that moment (probably after one too many drinks) when you just can’t take it anymore? This is the premise of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play that recently opened on Broadway.

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NEWS: Disgraced at The Greene Space

disgraced-large-643x441On September 18, I headed down to The Greene Space, for Inside Look: Disgraced, an hour-long conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The talk was led by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and featured playwright Ayad Akhtar and cast members Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, and Josh Radnor.

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