Lincoln Center Theater and The Araca Group will present the Broadway debut of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, the provocative play that won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Show will begin performances at the Shubert-owned Lyceum Theatre on September 27, with an official opening set for October 23. The Broadway staging, helmed by Kimberly Senior, won’t have Daily Show regular Aasif Mandvi, who starred in the Lincoln Center Theater production and supported the play’s development. It will instead star Hari Dhillon, who led the show’s London production. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor.
Disgraced is one of the rare plays confronting head-on the post-9/11 world of New York’s upper crust. Dillon plays a successful, ambitious Muslim-American lawyer enjoying the good life on New York’s Upper East Side with his wife, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery. His life begins to unravel when he’s photographed at a rally. And when a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.
The design team includes John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costumes), Ken Posner (lighting), and Jill DuBoff (sound).
Disgraced began as a part of the AracaWorks reading series three years ago and went on to be produced by Chicago’s American Theater Company, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in New York, and London’s Bush Theatre.