HBO Will Film Pulitzer Prize-Winning Disgraced

News   HBO Will Film Pulitzer Prize-Winning Disgraced Ayad Akhtar's volatile, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, which ended its Broadway run March 1, will be seen on screen.

The playwright told the Chicago Tribune that he is currently working on a screenplay of the award-winning work for HBO. No other details have been revealed.

Disgraced will also be seen in 30 theatres throughout the next few years, including Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

About that achievement Akhtar told the Tribune, "It will offer so many roles for actors, actors who do not always get to work that much…I am going to be hearing from a lot of South Asian-American parents upset with their children being bitten with the acting bug and joining an unsubstantial profession."

Disgraced premiered in January 2012 at Chicago’s American Theatre Company before playing a fall run at the Claire Tow Theater as part of Lincoln Center Theater's new works initiative, LCT3. Kimberly Senior, who staged the Chicago premiere of the play, also directed Off-Broadway. It had its London premiere last spring at the Bush Theatre. 

Senior returned to stage the Broadway production, which officially opened Oct. 23, 2014, following previews that began Sept. 27 at the Lyceum Theatre. Disgraced was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award as Best Play, but lost to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The Broadway cast included original London cast member Hari Dhillon and original LCT3 cast member Karen Pittman, alongside Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things, "Boardwalk Empire"), Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother," The Graduate) and London cast member Danny Ashok.

According to producers, "Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife – an artist influenced by Islamic imagery – enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York’s Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards."

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