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11/24/15: Berkeley Rep Extends Disgraced

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Extends Disgraced

Seven Performances Added—Now Playing Through December 27

Due to an overwhelming positive response from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Rep has announced that the west coast premiere of the Pulitzer Prize- winning play, Disgraced will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on December 20, the critically acclaimed play will run through Sunday, December 27.

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09/24/15: West Coast Premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced

Berkeley Rep Presents the West Coast Premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores the complexities of faith and identity in America

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Disgraced by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. Critically lauded as “breathtaking, raw and blistering” (Associated Press), and “terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity” (New York Times), Disgraced is the story of Amir Kapoor, who is living the American Dream—an upper East Side apartment, Italian suits, and the promise of becoming partner at the law firm. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, lies and deception threaten to shatter Amir’s carefully constructed life of cultural assimilation. Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for this engrossing and combustible drama that probes the complexity of identity, the place of faith in today’s world, and the hidden prejudices still alive in liberal society.

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(l to r) Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Zakiya Young (Jory), and J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, an engrossing and combustible drama that probes the complexity of identity, at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Bernard White (Amir) and Nisi Sturgis (Emily) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Bernard White (Amir), J. Anthony Crane (Isaac), and Zakiya Young (Jory) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, an engrossing and combustible drama that probes the complexity of identity, at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Bernard White (Amir) and J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Zakiya Young (Jory) and J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Bernard White (Amir), and Zakiya Young (Jory) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily), and Behzad Dabu (Abe) in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Rep.

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Playwright Ayad Akhtar brings his 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced to Berkeley Rep for the Theatre’s 48th season.

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Who

Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Produced in association with Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre

Featuring

J. Anthony Crane (Isaac), Behzad Dabu (Abe), Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Bernard White (Amir), and Zakiya Young (Jory)

Creative team

John Lee Beatty (scenic designer), Christine A. Binder (lighting designer), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costume designer), Jill DuBoff (sound designer), and Julie Haber (stage manager)

What

Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, lies and deception threaten to shatter Amir’s carefully constructed life of cultural assimilation.

“A dramatic triumph…Could any work of dramatic art be more timely, more provocative, more ripe for debate right now than Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which is receiving a sterling production at Berkeley Rep? That would be hard to imagine.”—Huffington Post

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

November 6–December 27, 2015

Disgraced calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 11/6, Saturday 11/7, Tuesday 11/10, and Thursday 11/12 @ 8pm;
Sunday 11/8 and Wednesday 11/11 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Friday 11/13 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press, C.G. di Arie Vineyard & Winery, and Hugh Groman Catering at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a post-show party for audiences

Teen Night

Friday 11/6 @ 6:15pm

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

Following all performances

Page to Stage

A discussion with playwright Ayad Akhtar, free and open to the public
Thursday 11/19 @ 7pm at the Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center, located at 2150 Allston Way (near Oxford Street)

Open captioned performance

Sunday 12/13 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $73–112 · Section A: $63–97 · Section B: $40–85 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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