Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, which had a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theatre in 2012, will open on the Great White Way in the fall. The drama will play at the Lyceum Theater and star Hari Dhillon (TV's Holby City), reprising his performance in the drama from its 2013 London engagement, Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things) and Josh Radnor (TV's How I Met Your Mother). The show will begin previews on September 27 and officially open on October 23.
Disgraced follows Amir Kapoor (Dhillon), a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife, Emily (Mol), a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
The drama will be helmed by Kimberly Senior, who directed the off-Broadway production, and also star Karen Pittman, who appeared in that incarnation. Casting will be announced later for the part of Amir’s nephew. Set design will be by John Lee Beatty, with costume design by Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, lighting design by Ken Posner and sound design by Jill DuBoff.
The play was developed as part of the AracaWorks bi-annual reading series and received its world premiere at Chicago’s American Theatre Company. The off-Broadway production starred Aasif Mandvi, who The New York Times reports is unable to headline the production owing to commitments to HBO’s The Brink.