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2015
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Disgraced — Nominee for Best Play

Opened: October 23, 2014

Closed: March 1, 2014

Author: Ayad Akhtar

The Story: Disgraced follows Amir Kapoor, 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, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.

Based On: Akhtar grew up in Wisconsin; his parents had emigrated from Pakistan to the US in the 1960s. After spending years struggling with various literary formats, September 11, 2001 finally forced Akhtar to start writing his experience as a Muslim American and his creativity exploded—Disgraced was his first play.

Show History: Disgraced premiered at American Theatre Company in Chicago in January 2012. An off-Broadway production opened at Lincoln Center's Claire Town Theatre in December of that year, and a Broadway version opened in October 2014.

Producers: The Araca Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Jenifer Evans, Amanda Watkins, Richard Winkler, Rodger Hess, Stephanie P. McClelland, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Jessica Genick, Jonathan Reinis, Carl Levin/Ashley De Simone/TNTDynaMite Productions, Alden Bergson/Rachel Weinstein, Greenleaf Productions, Darren DeVerna/Jere Harris, The Shubert Organization, The David Merrick Arts Foundation

Other Honors:
—Pulitzer Prize for Drama
—Obie Award

Fun Fact: Disgraced co-stars Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol have known each other since early 2000, but at the Brooklyn dinner party where they met, Radnor spent more talking to another woman: Mol's mother.
 

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