A spacious apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, late summer, 2011. Amir is an American-born, Muslim-raised mergers and acquisitions lawyer; his wife, Emily, is a painter with an affinity for Islamic art.
Amir’s nephew, Abe, arrives at the apartment in the hope of convincing his uncle to come to the aid of a local imam imprisoned on charges of financing terrorist-supporting groups. Abe believes the imam to be a victim of religious persecution and Emily helps convince Amir to lend support.
Amir’s involvement in the imam’s court case becomes a topic of dinner conversation when, a few months later, Amir and Emily host Jory (a colleague of Amir) and her husband Isaac (a curator at the Whitney). Tensions mount, as the dinner conversation heats up over religion and race, with dangerous secrets being revealed.
Six months later, Amir is packing up the apartment (which has been sold) when Emily arrives with Abe, who is again in need of help.
This synopsis is part of Disgraced program, which also features:
- notes from Artistic Director Andrew Upton and director Sarah Goodes
- an in-depth interview with playwright Ayad Akhtar
- a glossary of key New York references
- biographies and photos of the cast and crew
- photos from the rehearsal room
- and much more!
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Disgraced, 16 Apr – 4 Jun 2016, Wharf 1 Theatre
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