Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More Celebrate DISGRACED Opening at Arena Stage
Arena Stage presents the final production of its 2015/16 season, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama DISGRACED. Director Timothy Douglas (Arena's King Hedley II) tackles this emotionally-charged play by Akhtar, author of the novel "American Dervish" and currently the most produced playwright in the United States. DISGRACED runs now through May 29, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!
DISGRACED introduces Amir, a Pakistani-American lawyer living the American dream-an Upper East Side apartment, Italian suits, a beautiful wife and the promise of becoming partner at the law firm. When a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, the internal battle between culture and identity threatens to raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve.
Arena Stage favorite and D.C.-area native Nehal Joshi, who won audiences over for his performances in Oklahoma!, The Music Man and Mother Courage and Her Children, tackles the role of Amir. Joe Isenberg (Woolly Mammoth's We Are Proud to Present..., Arena's A Time to Kill) returns to Arena Stage as Isaac. Making their Arena Stage debuts are D.C. powerhouse performer Felicia Curry, seen in numerous productions across the region, as Jory; California-based actress Ivy Vahanian (Broadway's Coram Boy) as Emily; and Samip Raval as Abe, reprising a role he played at PlayMakers Repertory Company this past fall.
The creative team for Disgraced includes Set Designer Tony Cisek, Costume Designer Toni-Leslie James, Lighting Designer Michael Gilliam, Original Music & Sound Designer Fitz Patton, Fight Director Cliff Williams III, Stage Manager Amber Dickerson and Assistant Stage Manager Kristen Mary Harris.
Cast member Nehal Joshi (center) with his parents
The company of DISGRACED