Disgraced 2017 China Tour
Ping Pong will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced by Pakistani-American playwright Ayad Akhtar to China for a month-long education outreach tour in spring, 2017.
Staged readings of the play will tour universities, secondary schools, and cultural venues across China. Ping Pong will moderate panel discussions that bring scholars and experts of Islamic Studies, American Studies, and other relevant fields together with the director and cast to discuss the issues raised in the play.
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.
About the Project
Disgraced is the story of a dinner party attended by a Pakistani-American lawyer, his Caucasian wife, his African American colleague, and her Jewish husband. 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. Disgraced was the 2015-16 season “most produced play in America.”
Ayad Akhtar is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor, and novelist. His plays The Invisible Hand and The Who and the What have both enjoyed successful runs off-Broadway. His 2012 novel American Dervish has been translated into twenty languages worldwide.
The goal of our 2017 China university tour of Disgraced is to inspire in-depth discussions with students and communities about the racial, religious, gender and cultural issues at the core of today’s global society.
Panel discussions with experts, the director and cast accompanying each performance will explore the complexities of America’s distinct melting pot. This uniquely American story serves as a vehicle through which Chinese audiences can reflect on larger issues relevant to contemporary society.
Through the themes addressed in the play, this tour aims to inspire reflection and meaningful, constructive engagement about the most relevant issues our world faces today.
2017 Spring China Tour
- April 5, 6, 7: Beijing No. 4 High School
- April 8: Tsinghua University Art Museum (TBC)
- April 9: Beijing America Center, U.S. Embassy
- April 11: Peking University Yenching Academy
- April 13, 14: Hunan University of Science and Technology
- April 17: Xi'an International University
- April 18, 19: Xi'an International Studies University
- April 21: Shanghai No.3 Girls High School
- April 22, 23: Nanjing University
- April 25: Shanghai Jiaotong University
- April 27: YK Pao School
- April 28: Shanghai American School
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