Run Time:
One hour and 30 minutes
Ages: 13+
Opened: October 23, 2014
Closing: March 01, 2015

Disgraced - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway)
149 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

DISGRACED is the story of a successful Muslim-American attorney who has renounced his religion and secured a coveted piece of the American Dream. Living high above Manhattan's Upper East Side, he and his artist wife host an intimate dinner party that is about to explode. Witty banter turns to vicious debate, and with each cocktail comes a startling new confession, painting an unforgettable portrait of our perception of race and religion.

Reviewing DISGRACED at LCT3 for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood wrote:

"This rollicking new play by Ayad Akhtar is a continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world. The dialogue bristles with wit and intelligence. Mr. Akhtar puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another."

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When the Soul Must Be Heard
9 / 10

Mr. Akhtar's play, which was first seen in New York in 2012 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, has come roaring back to life on Broadway in a first-rate production directed by Kimberly Senior that features an almost entirely new cast. In the years since it was first produced here, the play's exploration of the conflicts between modern culture and Islamic faith...have become ever more pertinent...Although "Disgraced" runs under 90 minutes, with no intermission, Mr. Akhtar packs an impressive amount of smart, heated talk -- as well as a few surprising twists, including a shocking burst of violence -- into the play's taut duration. Ms. Senior...continues to find fresh currents of dramatic electricity...Most important, Mr. Dillon, who played Amir in a London production, brings a coiled intensity to his performance that makes Amir's increasing antagonism all the more unsettling. Flickering underneath his cool, crisp exterior is a pilot light of resentment that holds the key to the play's eventually devastating denouement.

Review: Racial, Religious Tensions Flare Up Over Dinner in "Disgraced"
8 / 10

There are some topics you just shouldn't discuss at a dinner party. Religion, race, politics -- it's probably good to avoid these controversial matters altogether, and focus on more agreeable subjects. Like the weather. Perhaps if the two couples in "Disgraced" would have taken that advice, they would have avoided a whole lot of trouble and pain. Then again, if the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, now open at the Lyceum Theatre, stayed away from such discourse, we wouldn't have been treated to one of the season's most engaging nights of theater...It's easily the most impassioned dinner scenes on Broadway since "August: Osage County," and one that playwright Akhtar crafts beautifully. His dialogue is intelligent and superb -- his characters so complex yet well-defined -- that you'll travel along the ride of emotions and ideas not knowing where you're going next. And like any good roller coaster, the final drop will leave your heart in the pit of your stomach.

STAGE TUBE: DISGRACED's Josh Radnor on How a Single Theatre Educator Changed His Life
by Stage Tube - January 27, 2015

In the video below, Josh Radnor, currently starring in Disgraced on Broadway, shares how one remarkable teacher influenced his life and career in numerous ways. Check it out!


Disgraced has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2012 and Broadway which opened in 2014.
Disgraced has been nominated for the Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for Karen Pittman.
Disgraced has won the Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for Karen Pittman.



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