LCT3 Announces Second Extension of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced Off-Broadway

News   LCT3 Announces Second Extension of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced Off-Broadway
The LCT3 production of Disgraced, a new play by Ayad Akhtar which opened to critical priase Oct. 22, has now been extended for a second time to Dec. 23, Lincoln Center Theater announced Nov. 1.

Aasif Mandvi in Disgraced.
Aasif Mandvi in Disgraced. Photo by Erin Baiano

Disgraced premiered in January at Chicago’s American Theatre Company. Kimberly Senior, who staged the Chicago premiere of the play, returned to direct the Off-Broadway production, which began previews Oct. 7.

The 90-minute drama about a a dinner party derailed over politics and religion initially extended to Dec. 2. It will now play an additional three weeks of performances. LCT3 is Lincoln Center Theater's new works initiative.

All tickets are $20 through the initial extension date of Dec. 2. However, tickets for the remainder of the run through Dec. 23 will be $50. A limited number of tickets priced at $20 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit

Aasif Mandvi ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and Heidi Armbruster (Time Stands Still) are joined by Erik Jensen (The Exonerated, Aftermath, "The Bronx Is Burning"), Omar Maskati (The Belle's Stratagem) and Karen Pittman (Good People).

Disgraced, according to LCT3, "is the story of Amir Kapoor (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 (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." Read's Brief Encounter interview with Aasif Mandvi, who talks about his heritage and the challenges of being a South Asian actor.

The production has sets by Lauren Helpern, costumes by Dane Laffrey, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and sound by Jill BC DuBoff.

Akhtar is a writer and actor whose novel "American Dervish" was published earlier this year. He co-wrote and played the lead role in the film "The War Within." His play The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in March.

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Karen Pittman, Erik Jensen, Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi
Karen Pittman, Erik Jensen, Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi Photo by Erin Baiano
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