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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.

DISGRACED premiered at the American Theater Company in Chicago, and then at Lincoln Center in New York in 2012. It won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Playwright Ayad Akhtar really sticks it to upper-class liberals in "Disgraced," his blistering social drama about the racial prejudices that secretly persist in progressive cultural circles.

In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar, a novelist and screenwriter, puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another.
‎— New York Times

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Zarina has a bone to pick with the place of women in her Muslim faith, and she's been writing a book about the Prophet Muhammad that aims to set the record straight. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. A comedic drama about love, art and religion, The Who & The What examines the chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.

THE WHO & THE WHAT is premiering at La Jolla Playhouse in February 2014

LINK: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/176437-Final-Title-of-La-Jolla-Playhouses-2013-14-Season-Named

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In remote Pakistan, Nick Bright awaits his fate. A highly successful player at a major investment bank, Nick is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, but with no one negotiating for his release, the prisoner must take matters into his own hands. Full of questionable alliances and moral bargaining, this world premiere is a chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make.

THE INVISIBLE HAND premiered at the Repertory Theater of St Louis in March 2012.


"Compelling and brilliant."

"Akhtar is a consummate entertainer."
St Louis Post-Dispatch