Congratulations to Brown alum Ayad Akhtar '91 for the success of his new play, Disgraced. The play is at Lincoln Center and the run has been extended for a second time through December 23rd. Disgraced is "the story of Amir Kapoor (The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi), 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 (Heidi Armbruster), a white artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging."
Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay in 2006. Also a playwright, his latest stage plays are Disgraced and The Invisible Hand. Disgraced premiered in Chicago at the American Theater Company in early 2012, and is enjoying its second extension at Lincoln Center this fall.
"A ROLLICKING NEW PLAY!
Bristles with wit and intelligence about thorny questions of identity and religion. Aasif Mandvi is excellent."
-Isherwood, The New York Times
"A POWDER KEG PLAY.
Ayad Akhtar has lots to say about America and the world today,
and says it all compellingly."
-Boroff, Bloomberg News
Second and final extension!
Now through December 23rd only!