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DISGRACED to Open on Broadway This Fall; Ayad Ayhtar's Pulitzer Prize Winner to Star Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor

Pulitzer Prize winning DISGRACED

on Broadway this Fall

Starring Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor

 “Bristles with wit and intelligence” – New York Times

Producers confirmed today that the Pulitzer Prize winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar will have a Broadway production this fall, beginning previews on September 27 and opening on October 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, DISGRACED received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards.

DISGRACED will star Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor. American-born Hari Dhillon starred in the London production of DISGRACED as Amir and was called “blazing and dangerous” by the BBC and “riveting” by the Financial Times.   Ms. Mol’s credits include Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things in London and New York.  Ms. Pittman recently appeared in Bruce Norris’s Domesticated at Lincoln Center Theater. Mr. Radnor is best known for his portrayal of Ted Mosby on the Emmy Award winning sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother.”

Kimberly Senior, who helmed the two previous US productions, will direct.  The design team includes John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costumes),  Ken Posner (lighting), and Jill DuBoff (sound). DISGRACED is produced by The Araca Group and Lincoln Center Theater.

The New York Times called DISGRACED “a continuously engaging, vitally engaged play” and said that it “bristles with wit and intelligence.” The Telegraph (London) called it “intelligent and thought-provoking” and The Times (London) said it was “riveting,” “excitingly intelligent” and that it “zings with provocation, wit and understanding.”

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.  

DISGRACED  began as a part of the AracaWorks reading series three years ago and went on to be produced by Chicago’s American Theater Company, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in New York, and London’s Bush Theatre.  Matthew Rego of The Araca Group said, “It has been incredible partaking in the development of DISGRACED; each step in the play’s journey has contributed to its power and poignancy, and we are so grateful for the contributions made by all.  The opportunity to bring Ayad Akhtar's profound and incisive words to Broadway with such a dynamic and talented group of collaborators is a privilege.”

Bios:

Hari Dhillon starred as Amir in the London production of DISGRACED. Other theatre credits include the premiere of Charles L. Mee’s A Perfect Wedding and the original production of Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant at San Francisco's Magic Theatre. In London he also was seen in the original production of Helen Edmunson’s Mother Teresa Is Dead at the Royal Court. He appeared in the British television medical drama series “Holby City.” Other US TV credits include “Medium,” “Charmed,” “Without A Trace” and “The Loop.”

Gretchen Mol’s stage credits include Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things in London and New York, The New Group’s production of The Good Mother,and Chicago on Broadway.   Her films include Rounders;  Woody Allen’sCelebrity and Sweet and Lowdown; 3:10 to Yuma, The Thirteenth Floor ; Spike Lee’s Girl 6, Abel Ferrara’s The Funeral and New Rose HotelDonnie Brasco; and The Notorious Bettie Page in which  she played the title character.   TV includes Gillian Darmody on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Karen Pittman was in the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of DISGRACED and appeared on Broadway in Good People and Passing Strange, and in  Domesticated by Bruce Norris at Lincoln Center Theater. Her TV credits include “House of Cards” and “The Americans.”  

Josh Radnor appeared on Broadway in The Graduate opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone, and was seen at New York Stage and Film in Finks. He is best known for this portrayal of Ted Mosby on the Emmy Award winning sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother.”  He made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 film Happythankyoumoreplease for which he won the  Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. His second film Liberal Arts starred himself and Elizabeth Olsen also premiered at Sundance in 2012.

Ayad Akhtar (playwright) received The Pulitzer Prize for DISGRACED.   His other credits 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.  The Who and The What, which premiered at La Jolla, makes its New York premiere at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater this month. "American Dervish," his first novel, was released in 22 languages worldwide. He is also an actor, director, and screenwriter.

Kimberly Senior (director) directed the Chicago and LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of DISGRACED. She is an Artistic Associate at Chicago Dramatists, Northlight, Next, and Strawdog Theatres, and has received multiple Joseph Jefferson nominations. She is adjunct faculty at Columbia College where she teaches Chekhov, dramaturgy and text analysis. Kimberly has served as Program Director and as a dramaturg for Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory of New Work. Her numerous Chicago credits include: The Letters; The Whipping Man; Want; The North Plan; After the Revolution; Madagascar; The Overwhelming; Fuddy Meers; Cripple ofInishmaan; Bug; The Pillowman; and All My Sons; as well as The Who and The What  at La Jolla. Upcoming: The Who and The What (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater); Rapture, Blister Burn (Goodman). She is also a 2013 Finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award and Zelda Fichandler Award. www.kimberlysenior.net

An on-sale date for tickets for the general public and to Lincoln Center Theater members will be announced soon.

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