News of a Broadway premiere for Disgraced was first revealed June 6 by LCT3 artistic director Paige Evans, who made the announcement prior to the evening performance of Akhtar's The Who and the What, which currently plays LCT3's Claire Tow Theater.
Disgraced premiered in January 2012 at Chicago’s American Theatre Company before playing a fall run at Lincoln Center Theater. Kimberly Senior, who staged the Chicago premiere of the play, returned to direct the Off-Broadway production. It had its London premiere last spring at the Bush Theatre.
The production will begin previews Sept. 27 at the Lyceum Theatre. A Broadway opening has been set for Oct. 23. The Broadway run is produced by The Araca Group and Lincoln Center Theater.
Senior will return to stage the Broadway production that will feature original London cast member Hari Dhillon and original LCT3 cast member Karen Pittman, alongside Mol (The Shape of Things, "Boardwalk Empire") and Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother," The Graduate).
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." The Broadway creative team will include John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costumes), Ken Posner (lighting) and Jill DuBoff (sound).
Akhtar's playwriting credits also include The Invisible Hand, which premiered at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and makes its New York debut this fall at New York Theater Workshop. "American Dervish," his first novel, was released in 22 languages worldwide. He co-wrote and starred in "The War Within" (Magnolia Pictures), released internationally and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, he starred as Neel Kashkari in HBO's adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin's "Too Big to Fail."