APRIL 4 - 22, 2018
by Ayad Akhtar
Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play sits you at the table for delectable drama where secrets are exposed and prejudices unearthed. At a dinner party hosted by a Pakistani-American lapsed Muslim and his Caucasian wife and attended by his African-American law partner and her Jewish husband, tensions rise when conversation turns to religion, politics, and Islamophobia; This explosive drama contains strong language, moments of violence, and powerful subject matter. It is recommended for audiences 16 and older.
Showtime is 90 minutes with no intermission.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Community Events For Disgraced
LENTEN SUPPER SERIES: DISGRACED AT VIRGINIA STAGE
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm | St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Presented in conjunction with St. Andrew’s and Christ and St. Luke’s
Join Producing Artistic Director of Virginia Stage, Tom Quaintance, Disgraced Director, Khanisha Foster, and actors from the cast during the the Lenten Supper series as they talk about the show, the issues, and the impact of the art on community discourse.
Disturbing DISGRACED: Discussing Race, Religion, and other tense issues in a Post-MLK World
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Brown Bag Lunch, 12-12:50pm | The Wells Theatre
Presented by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 is also the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a day for reflecting on his legacy and unfinished business.
In anticipation of Disgraced's run at the Wells Theatre (April 4 -22), please join Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View radio program, and Dr. Craig Wansink in the Wells Theatre lobby, for a brown bag discussion. Bring your lunch and join us as we highlight key issues raised by the play: How do we as Americans become more aware of deep tensions and fundamental differences, how do we recognize the ways religion and race shape us, and how do we develop the skills to have more productive conversations with others?
Talk Back Panel Discussions
April 8 and April 15
The Wells Theatre
Immediately following these performances of Disgraced are Talk Back Panel Discussions.
April 8th Panelists include:
Honorable Roxie Holder, District Court Judge for the 3rd Judicial District in Virginia, and Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel in Norfolk
Dr. Tahani Amer, Senior Technologist at NASA Headquarters, and active member of the Peninsula Islamic Community Center and the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads
Mourad Amer, Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, and active member of the Peninsula Islamic Community Center and the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads
April 12th Disgraced Actor Panel
April 15th Disgraced Actor Panel
Second Act Conversations
Following each performance
The Wells Theatre
After each performance, the audience will be invited to stay for a facilitated discussion. These events will be led by a facilitator with the focus on audience members discussing their reactions, feelings, and takeaways from the performance. All attendees are invited to stay, though there will be time for those who do not desire to attend the community conversation to leave before it commences.