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Ayad Akhtar's 'Disgraced' to jump to Broadway

Tuesday - 6/10/2014, 6:20pm  ET

FILE - This undated file theater image released by Philip Rinaldi Publicity shows Aasif Mandvi, left, and Omar Maskati in a scene from Ayad Akhtar's play, "Disgraced" in New York. The play begins Broadway previews Sept. 27, 2014, and opens Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre. (AP Photo/Philip Rinaldi Publicity, Erin Baiano, File)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion, is coming to Broadway.

"Disgraced" had its world premiere at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2012 and then ran at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater, starring Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent on "The Daily Show."

This time the cast will be led by Hari Dhillon, who played the lead in London, and Gretchen Mol, whose film credits include "Rounders." It begins previews Sept. 27 and opens Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre. Kimberly Senior, who directed the two previous productions, will direct on Broadway.

Akhtar also wrote the novel "American Dervish."


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