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L.A. Theatre Works records Ayad Akhtar’s
‘Disgraced’ with Geoffrey Arend, Hari Dhillon
Disgraced — Ayad Akhtar’s controversial Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning drama has become one of the most passionately discussed plays in the world. Amir Kapoor is a brilliant, successful Pakistani-American attorney who has turned his back on his childhood faith in order to thrive in America. On the surface, he has it all: a beautiful wife, a swanky apartment and a lucrative career. But the charmed life he so artfully constructed is put in jeopardy when a dinner party turns tumultuous and the guests’ ideals of culture, marriage, career and family collide. Hari Dhillon reprises the role of Amir he played in New York, London and Los Angeles for this live-in-performance recording, joined by Behzad Dabu from the original Chicago production as well as the subsequent tour to Berkeley, Seattle and Los Angeles and Emily Swallow from the Mark Taper’s L.A. premiere. Joining them for this LATW production is Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof, Madame Secretary).
Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
• Written by Ayad Akhtar
• Directed by Brian Kite
• Featuring Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof, Madame Secretary), Hari Dhillon (This Is Us), Behzad Dabu (The Chi), Emily Swallow (Netflix’s Castlevania) and Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris
• Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre Works
• Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)