Disgraced Casting Announced for Arena Stage Production
Arena Stage has announced casting for Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, closing out the D.C. theater's 2015-16 season this spring. Performances are set to run from April 22-May 29 in the Kreeger Theater.
Disgraced tells the story of Amir, a Pakistani-American lawyer living the American dream — an Upper East Side apartment, Italian suits, a beautiful wife, and the promise of becoming partner at the law firm. When a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, the internal battle between culture and identity threatens to raze all that he’s worked so hard to achieve.
Directed by Timothy Douglas, the cast stars Nehal Joshi (Amir), Joe Isenberg (Isaac), Felicia Curry (Jory), Ivy Vahanian (Emily), and Samip Raval (Abe).
The creative team includes set design by Tony Cisek, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Michael Gilliam, original music and sound design by Fitz Patton, and fight direction by Cliff Williams III.
"Ayad Akhtar is a dream of a person — smart, kind, quick, humble and driven," says Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith. "Disgraced tackles current issues around cultural identity head-on. It’s an intelligent play that challenges the audience. No one will feel comfortable in this play, and ideally that is what spurs us to deeper understanding."