Arizona Theatre Company stages fiery Broadway hit ‘Disgraced’

Elijah Alexander, Allison Jean White, Nicole Lewis, and Richard Baird in Arizona Theatre Company’s Disgraced. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Elijah Alexander, Allison Jean White, Nicole Lewis, and Richard Baird in Arizona Theatre Company’s “Disgraced.” Photo by Tim Fuller.

“Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s edge-of-your-seat Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Muslim-American lawyer whose dinner guests’ discussion of race and identity explodes to reveal racial prejudices and personal secrets is presented by Arizona Theater Company Nov. 12-29 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.

The New York Times described the Tony Award-nominee for Best Play as a play that “bristles with wit and intelligence. Mr. Akhtar, a novelist and screenwriter, puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another. Terrific, turbulent, ‘Disgraced’ comes roaring to life.”

Elijah Alexander and Allison Jean White in Arizona Theatre Company’s Disgraced. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Elijah Alexander and Allison Jean White in Arizona Theatre Company’s “Disgraced.” Photo by Tim Fuller.

In “Disgraced,” American-born, Muslim-raised corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life.  But beneath the veneer, his success has come at a price.

When Amir and his WASP up-and-coming-artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly celebration soon escalates into something far more damaging.

Joined by Amir’s African-American work colleague, Jory, and her Jewish husband, Isaac, all the elements for fireworks are in place at a party that swiftly turns towards chaos and violence.

“’Disgraced’ will be the most-produced play in the nation this year and it is no mystery why,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, who will be directing the production.

“Ayad Akhtar’s masterful play seems to be more current every day. Written with the taut, brute force which comes from vital issues of racial identity, religious belief and international power politics, the play has much of the power of a great classic tragedy.”

Tickets for “Disgraced” are $28-$68 and can be purchased at www.arizonatheatre.org, by calling 602-252-8497 or at the Herberger Theater Center Box Office at 222 E. Monroe.

“Disgraced”  will be followed by Stephen Schwartz’s new musical, “Snapshots” (Dec. 30-Jan. 17, 2016), which brings some of his favorite songs into a new context wrapped in a story filled with humanity and family.

Two great American classics follow with August Wilson’s masterpiece “Fences” (Feb. 11-28) featuring favorite ATC artists, and John Steinbeck’s classic tale of friendship in hard circumstances, “Of Mice and Men” (March 31-April 17).

ATC will present two of the Valley’s favorite and most-celebrated actors in limited engagement one-person performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” with Katie McFadzen performing all 27 characters from Tiny Tim to Scrooge, and Ron May in David Sedaris’ edgy, irreverent hilarious anti-holiday tale, “The Santaland Diaries.”  Both shows will be performed on an alternating schedule from Thursday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 26.

Ticket prices for both shows range from $23-$51.

ATC’s 2015-16 season comes to a close with the witty Arizona premiere of Scott Carter’s new play, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” (May 5-29).

For more information call 602-252-8497 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

 

 

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