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Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2013.

New York. Today. Corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life.

But beneath the veneer, success has come at a price. When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging.

After taking US audiences by storm in a sold out run in New York, Disgraced transferred to the Bush Theatre in London in 2013.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 6.1mm | 99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472532090
  • 9781472532091
  • 266,752

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Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer prizewinner adds an extra dimension to the subject [of American liberal guilt] by exposing the dangers of denying one's racial and religious inheritance ... a tough, compelling play that covers a lot of ground in 90 minutes ... Akhtar ... plots his hero's downfall with a remorseless logic and shows, with ironic cunning, how a liberal action in the cause of justice leads to Amir's undoing. -- Michael Billington * Guardian * There's an unnerving frisson of electricity running through this new American play by New Yorker Ayad Akhtar ... a cut above the norm in its nimble wit, toughness and pressing 'now-ness' ... Above all, it shows how the intellectual fall-out from 9/11 is still radioactive among the professional classes ... the cleverness of the play lies in its recognisable roots in everyday "sounding off" ... at the same time, there's a thread of anxiety about origins, assimilation and cultural colonisation. -- Michael Coveney * Independent * Personal frictions - lust, envy, a hotly contested promotion - combine with increasingly acrimonious discussions about faith, culture and assimilation to shake the characters' carefully composed sense of identity ... the candour and passion of the exchanges are breathtaking as Akhtar engages head-on with the most incendiary and fractious issues of our time. Wisely, he offers no easy solutions, but the play twists and turns through contradictory impulses of understanding and antipathy. -- Sarah Hemming * Financial Times * Intelligent, thought-provoking ... essential necessity, urgency and relevance -- Dominic Cavendish * Telegraph *
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About Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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