A thoughtful and suspenseful play that would be an excellent choice for a discussion group. It is sure to enter the canon of classic American plays such as “Death of a Salesman”, “Angels in America” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
While reading just ninety-six pages, the reader is compelled to consider many of the problems in contemporary society – Islamophobia, race relations, terrorism, immigration and assimilation. The author forces us to examine our racial and religious beliefs and prejudices which is particularly powerful after the recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.
“Compelling… DISGRACED raises and toys with provocative and nuanced ideas.” —Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer
“A continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world…. In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar…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…. Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off limits at social gatherings. But watching Mr. Akhtar’s characters rip into these forbidden topics, there’s no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater.” —Charles Isherwood, New York Times