Pulitzer Prize-Winning Disgraced Eyeing Broadway Run in 2013-14 Season
By Andrew Gans
Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, which played a fall 2012 engagement at the Claire Tow Theater, part of Lincoln Center Theater's new works initiative, LCT3, and was named named the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, may be headed to Broadway.
Broadway producer Matthew Rego, a partner in the Araca Group, told the New York Times that he is currently speaking with potential investors and theatre owners to mount the acclaimed drama on Broadway.
"There aren’t a lot of important new plays on the Broadway calendar yet," Rego told the Times, "so we see an opening for Disgraced."
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.
The Off-Broadway company featured Aasif Mandvi ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), Heidi Armbruster (Time Stands Still), Erik Jensen (The Exonerated, Aftermath, "The Bronx Is Burning"), Omar Maskati (The Belle's Stratagem) and Karen Pittman (Good People).
Producer Rego told the Times that should the production open on Broadway, Mandvi would re-create his performance; casting for the other roles is underway.
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."
London's Bush Theatre presented Disgraced in May.
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