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'Disgraced' at the Taper: Islam, America and the cloudy prism of perception @ 1:21 pm
On Aug 02, 2016
Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2013, but for anyone encountering the work for the first time at the Mark Taper Forum, where the play opened Sunday in a sensationally gripping production, it might well seem that it was written last week.
After the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the calls for banning Muslim immigrants and the heated dispute over the term “radical Islam,” the debate at the heart of Akhtar’s drama has grown only more urgent.
This elegantly structured play centers on a dinner party in an upscale New York apartment hosted by Amir (Hari Dhillon), an alpha male lawyer of Pakistani heritage, and Emily (Emily Swallow), his artist wife. Their guests are another couple, Isaac (J. Anthony Crane), an art curator who is considering some of Emily’s paintings inspired by Islamic models for inclusion in an upcoming show, and his wife, Jory (Karen Pittman), a lawyer on the rise at Amir’s office.
Before anyone arrives, Amir, drinking alone and clearly furious, is stewing over the fallout at work over a New York Times report that mentioned his support for an imam accused of aiding terrorists. Amir, who’ s not only thoroughly assimilated and secular but also anti-Muslim in his attitudes, was talked into lending his legal expertise only after his wife played on his conscience. His nephew Abe (Behzad Dabu), a young and more traditional Pakistani Muslim with vulnerable immigration status, tried numerous times to no avail.
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