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Disgraced is the story of Amir Kapoor (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 paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
Playwright Ayad Akhtar is a writer and actor whose first novel, American Dervish, was published to critical acclaim earlier this year by Little Brown. He is the co-author of numerous screenplays and co-wrote and played the lead role in the film, The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. He recently received a Joseph Jefferson Award (which celebrates excellence in Chicago-area Equity theatre) for Disgraced. His plays, in addition to Disgraced, include The Invisible Hand which recently premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Kimberly Senior is a Chicago-based director whose credits include productions at Steppenwolf, Strawdog, American Blues and Next Theatres. She is an Artistic Associate at Next Theatre, Strawdog Theatre and Chicago Dramatists.Photo Credit: Erin Baiano