“Disgraced” back to Shanghai in 2018
Subsequent to a great success of “Disgraced” 2017 China tour in academic institutions, the Pulitzer-winning drama “Disgraced” is invited to perform at the “2018 Inaugural Season of The Great Theater of China” from June 29th to July 1st.
In 2017, "Disgraced" toured 14 universities, high schools, academic institutions, and cultural centers in 5 cities across China, reaching more than 10,000 students through performances and workshops; drove welcoming discussions with Chinese students about race and religion in post-9/11 America. Click HERE to know more.
Terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity, Disgraced comes roaring to life on Broadway!
Ayad Akhtar finds urgent dramatic connections that serious theatergoers crave.
“Disgraced” is the story of a Pakistani-American lawyer living the American dream - an Upper East Side apartment, expensive suits, happy marriage, and the promise of becoming partner at his law firm. He and his wife, a Caucasian artist, invite his African American colleague and her Jewish husband for a dinner party. The heated discussion that erupts reveals hidden aspirations, fractured views on cultural assimilation, and the lies we tell ourselves and those we love to “fit into” the American Dream. Disgraced won the 2013 Obie Award for Extraordinary Achievement and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
Ayad AkhtarAyad’s plays include Disgraced (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2013 Obie Award for Extraordinary Achievement), The Who & The What (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (The Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Also a novelist, Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company, published in 20 languages worldwide. He co-wrote and starred in The War Within (Magnolia Pictures), which was released internationally and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, Akhtar also starred as Neel Kashkari in HBO’s adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail. He studied at Brown University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
... (“Disgraced”) is a neat piece that hits the nail on the head ... The play does not confine itself to facing political and ideological challenges in the American context but tells of the cultural trends in transition during the entire 20th century.
-- JL, theater critic/art teacher
You probably would not feel simply sympathetic to or disgusted with any of the characters in Disgraced because every one of them has a skeleton in the closet and a jaundiced eye. The playwright knits together the arguments with sophistication and leaves space for respect to all of them.
-- Luofan Fei, theater critic/blogger
In terms of artistry, the script is concise and coherent, and the witty, eloquent dialogues have a magnetic effect. The performance of the crew was very natural, complemented by well-designed staging and lighting. What is brilliant and hard to come by about “Disgraced” is its daring truthfulness in uncovering and representing the core problems of modern society. Some among the audience have called upon news professionals in China to learn from this play … for “Disgraced” at its very beginning, tears the veil over reality and initiates a serious reflection on art.
-- Slash, writer/filmmaker
Timothy DouglasTimothy is a New York based theatre director, actor, writer and educator who currently serves as an Associate Artist for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has staged the world premiere of SAFE HOUSE, JITNEY, BUZZER, CLYBOURNE PARK, The NORTH POOL, MOTHERS & SONS, and TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. He was the Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2001 through 2004 where he directed numerous projects including three Humana Festival premieres, the 25th anniversary production of CRIMES OF THE HEART, and introduced audiences there to August Wilson with his productions of The PIANO LESSON, JITNEY and FENCES. From 1994 - 1997 he served as a director-in-residence in new play development at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group under a Mellon Foundation fellowship. During his time as an NEA/TCG directing fellow he served as Resident Director at New Dramatists and Assistant Stage Director on Handel’s RODELINDA for Virginia Opera. Most recently he served as director of Ione Lloyd’s EVE’S SONG for the Sundance Theatre Institute/Lab in Morocco, as well as productions of SEVEN GUITARS for Yale Rep, DISGRACED and KING HEDLEY II for Arena Stage, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Parts 1, 2 & 3 for Roundhouse Theatre, RICHARD II for Shakespeare & Company, and off-Broadway with BRONTË for the Alloy Theatre Company.
Playwright: Ayad Akhtar
Director: Timothy Douglas
Cast: Andrew Guilarte, Ivy Vahanian, Ariel Shafir, Rachel Leslie, Tij Doyen
Production: Ping Pong Productions
Stage Design: Tony Cisek
Lighting Design: Michael Gilliam
Sound: Fitz Patton
Stage Management: Lola Bao
Words from Artist
Allow me to add, that I love PIng Pong Prod and am deeply aligned with their mission to improve China/US relation through the arts. It's a great honor to participate in this cultural exchange and be a part of a process that creates understanding and empathy between cultures when so little is known between the two countries. 'Disgraced' is no fluff piece and goes beyond mindless entertainment to engage real ideas and worldly issues that concern all parties. The diversity and talent of the cast/crew is an especially insightful and more accurate representation of America that no doubt Chinese citizens don't usually get to experience. Personally, it adds purpose to my craft when it is used as a communication bridge between cultures at a time when our leaders are fashioning travel bans and trade wars tinged with xenophobic epithets.
- Ariel Shafir, “Disgraced” actor in Shanghai 2018
Words from Ping Pong
I would like to thank the audience in Shanghai and the Great Theatre of China. I first saw this play on Broadway in 2014, it has been three and a half years until Ping Pong is able to bring the full production Chinese premiere to Shanghai. A good art does not asked for applauses, it generates discussions and opens a door to a broader world for its viewers. Ping Pong Productions has brought “Disgraced” to China for the second time, and we hope this play will come back again soon and meet more audience in China.
- Mengtong Guan Executive Director Ping Pong Productions