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Disgraced - DPS ACTING EDITION

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Ayad Akhtar

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 2 Female

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize

Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots

His wife Emily 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

REVIEWS

" 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 anotherMr. 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" ~ NY Times

" 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" ~ Variety

"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" ~ Village Voice

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