Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, from 15 Oct - 18 Nov 2012

LCT3 will open its 2012-2013 season with the New York Premiere of Disgraced, a new play by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior opening at the Claire Tow Theater, on 22 Oct 2012, following previews from 15 Oct 2012, and playing through to 18 Nov 2012.

Disgraced is the story of Amir Kapoor, 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, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.

Casting and design team for Disgraced, which premiered earlier this year at Chicago's American Theatre Company and developed as part of the AracaWorks bi-annual reading series, will be announced at a later date.

Playwright Ayad Akhtar is a writer and actor whose first novel 'American Dervish' was published earlier this year by Little Brown. He is the co-author of numerous screenplays and co-wrote and played the lead role in the film "The War Within," which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay . His plays, in addition to Disgraced, include 'The Invisible Hand' which recently premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Kimberly Senior is a Chicago-based director whose credits include productions at Steppenwolf, Strawdog, American Blues and Next Theatres. She is an Artistic Associate at Next Theatre, Strawdog Theatre and Chicago Dramatists.

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