Disgraced

By Ayad Akhtar

Thompson Shelterhouse | Sept. 24 - Oct. 23, 2016

Directed by Lisa Portes

See things as they are.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a sold-out hit in Chicago, London and New York, Disgraced exposes the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers and the lies we tell ourselves. Hotshot lawyer Amir Kapoor has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his strict Muslim upbringing. Ironically his wife, an artist, finds her own work increasingly inspired by Islam. When the two host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, polite conversation escalates into an explosive exploration of identity, religion and politics. This timely and provocative new play illuminates the not-so-hidden prejudices very much alive in America today.

"A smart and provocative work of unusual daring, one that should be seen by anyone who cares about serious theatre." — Newsday

Advisory: Disgraced is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. This Pulitzer Prize winner opens conversations about religion and race and includes very strong adult language, violence and other mature themes.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

 

 

Production Sponsor

Season Sponsor

Season Design Sponsor

Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund

Season Sponsor of New Work

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation

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See Things as They Are

Prologue, Sept. 2016

Disgraced is the rare play that succeeds in being both timeless and timely. 

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Challenging Assumptions

Prologue, Sept. 2016

Disgraced director Lisa Portes reveals what excites her about this story.

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In Conversation with Playwright Ayad Akhtar

Program, Sept. 2016

Playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses Disgraced with Arena Stage Production Dramaturg Linda Lombardi.

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Preview Performances

Sept. 24, 2016, at 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 p.m.; Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Sept. 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

Meet the Artists

Oct. 2, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Oct. 9, 2016, at 2 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Playhouse Perspectives talk-backs will follow all other regular performances of Disgraced.

Playhouse Perspectives

Sept. 26, 2016, and Oct. 10, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Go beyond the play to increase your own knowledge about Islam. The Playhouse will host discussions on two Monday evenings during the show's run.

Sept. 26: Getting to Know Your American Muslim Neighbors
Featuring representatives from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Gain a better understanding of Islam and what it means to be an American Muslim today.

Oct. 10: Islam in the Media
Featuring Ash-har Quraishi and Shakila Ahmad, moderated by Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison

Explore representations of Islam in the media. 

About Ash-har Quraishi:
Ash-har Quraishi is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, producer and filmmaker with more than 15 years of international, investigative and long-form reporting/production experience. He currently reports for NBC5 in Chicago. Before that he was the chief Midwest correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously he reported for WTTW’s flagship nightly news magazine show Chicago Tonight and was a CNN international correspondent and bureau chief. His reporting and photography has been featured on CNN, The PBS NewsHour, A&E, The Oprah Winfrey Show and in The New York Times. In 2011, he co-produced the award-winning documentary Fordson about the Arab-American experience in post 9/11 America. The film released in theatres nationwide and screened at the U.S. State Department. The acclaimed documentary premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and won major festival awards around the country. After receiving the award for Best U.S. Documentary Feature at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, the Academy Award-winning director called the film, "Powerful ... intelligent ... moving ... One of the best documentaries I’ve seen this year." His work has been honored with numerous awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Press Club of Atlantic City and the Chicago Headline Club. He has been awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award, a Peter Lisagor Award, four National Headliners and, in 2010, was an IRE Award finalist. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner and has received five Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2004 Triangle Media Group named him one of the top 50 South Asian Global Achievers in Mass Media.

About Shakila Ahmad: 
Shakila Ahmad is president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) and an enthusiastic community leader who has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes for more than 20 years. She simultaneously has had a busy professional career and serves as the director of management at the Allergy and Asthma Specialty Center. Additionally, she has or currently serves on the executive board of directors of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, YWCA Cincinnati as racial justice vice chair, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, University of Cincinnati Foundation and the President's Advisory Council at Xavier University. An active member of ICGC’s board of trustees since 1995, she was the first female and the youngest to serve at that time. She is a founding member of ICGC’s Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative. She has been blessed with a number of awards including The Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year 2001, Women to Watch 2014, Lighthouse Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award, Leadership Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni 2015 and LEAD magazine Influencer for West Chester/Liberty.

Events are free, but reservations are required through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Playhouse Perspectives is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

Tours of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Oct. 1, 2016, at 1 p.m. and Oct. 19, 2016, at 7 p.m.

The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati has graciously offered to provide special tours for Playhouse patrons interested in visiting its facility in West Chester. Participants will learn about the basics of Islam and have the opportunity to explore the art and architecture of the campus, including the 14,000-square-foot mosque and educational building. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. A $2 donation is suggested at the door. Space is limited, so reservations should be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

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