October 9 through November 8
By AYAD AKHTAR
Directed by MARY B. ROBINSON
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize!
Disgraced is the portrait of Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, and his wife Emily, a painter influenced by Islamic imagery. When they host a dinner party at their Upper East Side home, the conversation ignites, shattering polite discourse and revealing disturbing secrets.
“Bristles with wit and intelligence!” – The New York Times[/quote]
“Consistently entertaining and thought-provoking.” – USA Today
“A stimulating, sobering work from a distinctive new American playwright.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“Intelligent and superb!” – NBC New York
“A vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world.” -The New York Times
Philadelphia Theatre Company is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia. For more information about the Barrymore Awards and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.
Meet the Cast
Pej Vahdat was born in Tehran, Iran during the height of the Iranian revolution to Dr. Mehdi Vahdat and Nasrin Vahdat and is the youngest of three children including his brother, Paiman, and sister, Parastoo. At three months old, he and his family uprooted to Germany and a few months later settled in the suburbs of San Jose, CA.
As a teenager, Vahdat was a highly-ranked tennis player; he was one of the top junior and collegiate tennis players in the country. However, his true passion was acting. Immediately following graduation from SDSU, Vahdat moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. During his career in film, television, and stage, his credits included numerous productions, including the television series Bones, Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, Dallas, and Arrested Development. He recently had the pleasure of performing on stage at the ACT in San Francisco in India Ink and at the Lincoln Center theatre in New York City in the award-winning production, Blood and Gifts, directed by the Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher.
Monette Magrath Broadway: All the Way with Bryan Cranston. Regional: Stick Fly (East Coast Premiere-McCarter Theatre Center); Book of Days (Arena Stage); Silent Sky (World Premiere-South Coast Rep); The Night is a Child (World Premiere-Milwaukee Rep); The Great Gatsby and Enchanted April (Arizona Theatre Company); Enchanted April (The Cleveland Play House); Under My Skin (World Premiere), Mauritius, Private Lives, Enchanted April, The Constant Wife, As You Like It and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pasadena Playhouse); The Ice-Breaker (Rolling World Premiere) and The Laramie Project (Laguna Playhouse); Desire Under the Elms (A Noise Within); All My Sons (McCoy/Rigby Ent.). Television: Weeds (recurring), Redhanded (recurring) and The Young and the Restless. Film: Miss Dial, Jake’s Closet, Looking for Mr. Miyagi, The Other Sister. BFA: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
Ben Graney: Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center theatre), The Heidi Chronicles Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center theatre), Game Play, The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova) Other NYC theatre: From The Miraculous (Writer, Director, & Performer – Studio Tisch & in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, summer ’14), Paper Dolls (Sundance theatre Lab), Spring Fling (F*It Club – IRT), Bare Naked Drama (Aporia – Cherry Pit), Obama Drama (Creative Destruction – The Tank), An Irish Brew (Studio Tisch) Regional: The Heidi Chronicles, Postcards from Earth (Guthrie), Be a Good Little Widow (Old Globe), Twelfth Night, Youth Ink! (McCarter), The Cherry Orchard, Twelfth Night (Chautauqua), Brand:NEW Festival ’09 & ’10 (Hartford Stage) Film: Canto, Ama at Sea TV: Unscripted, The History Channel Writing: The Kosher Cucina (Co-Creator, co-Writer, and Actor – Webseries), The Baby Gospel (Semi-Finalist – O’Neill theatre Center ’11) Teaching: Artists Financial Support Group, Co-Founder and Educator at many schools and organizations, www.artistsfinancial.org Training: M.F.A. NYU Grad Acting, B.A. CSU Long Beach. Proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company www.bengraney.com
Aimé Donna Kelly: Off Broadway: Witch in Macbeth (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Regional: Lady Macduff/ Weird Sister in Macbeth (Arden Theatre Company); Petrushka in Moon Man Walk (Oribiter 3); Noxolo in The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, Black Woman in We are Proud to Present… (InterAct Theatre Company); This is the week that is (1812 Productions); Cleopatra in unsex me Here (Theatre 4the People); Sharon in We are Bandits (Applied Mechanics); Georgia in The Exonerated (Delaware Theatre Company). Training: BFA University of the Arts. Barrymore nominated for Best Actress. Philadelphia Theatre Company debut and is so excited to work with this fabulous team.
Anthony Adair is honored to be making his PTC debut! He most recently co-directed Me First: An Autobiographical Comedy about Dying by Jason Rosenberg (Cursed Church Arts Collective) with Emma Arrick in the 2015 Philly FringeArts festival. A Colorado native- he moved to Philadelphia in 2010 to pursue a B.F.A. in acting from the University of the Arts. He is the son of an Afghan refugee and a white American- so he is incredibly proud to be sharing this story for you. Endless thanks and love to Momma, Scott, and Ian.