Ayad Akhtar’s play explores what it means to be Muslim in post-9/11 America. Amir has “renounced” Islam, and enjoys his American lifestyle, but has he really rejected the sense of identity he absorbed as a child? Where is the line between “us” and “them”? A hard-hitting debate about prejudice, identity and faith, nominated for the 2015 “Best Play” Tony Award, and winner of both the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Ayad Akhtar grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the child of Muslim Pakistani immigrants. He was in New York City, studying at Columbia, on September 11, 2001, and spent a lot of time “watching how the world was changing” after that. In addition to Disgraced, Akhtar has published a novel, American Dervish.
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Language and content are NOT appropriate for children; suggested for ages 14 and over only.