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Talking about Disgraced

by Staff

At the Theater

Playwright Ayad Akhtar

“One of the great things about this play is it’s going to lead to fantastic post-theater discussions and arguments, and I feel like  it’s a play you’re just going to be talking about it and talking about it, maybe hopefully for days afterwards.” – Josh Radnor

Actor Josh Radnor was speaking about Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Avad Akhtar in which he appeared on Broadway. We are pleased to announce one of those post-theater discussions in Berkeley, California in another collaboration between the Graduate Theological Union, Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 

On Wednesday, November 18, GTU faculty members Munir Jiwa (Director of the Center for Islamic Studies), Naomi Seidman (Koret Professor of Jewish Culture), and Som Pourfarzaneh (Center for Islamic Studies Associate Director of Public Programs and Lecturer) will lead a panel discussion following the performance of Disgraced at the Berkeley Rep. 

Written by novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced tells the story of Amir Kapoor, an up-and-coming attorney living the American Dream on the Upper East Side, looking to become partner in the law firm. When he and his wife host a dinner party for friends and colleagues, the assembly includes an ex-Muslim, an African-American, a Jew and a WASP. Their conversation explores Islamophobia, the role of religious faith, and the challenges of being Muslim in post-9/11 America in a play that has been described as a "combustible powder keg of identity politics.”

The GTU hopes to make discounted group tickets available for that night’s performance. We’ll have more ticket information available soon.

Disgraced Post-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Berkeley Repertory Theater | 7:00 pm