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ATC staging Pulitzer winner on race, identity

Allison Jean White and Elijah Alexander in Arizona Theatre Company’s ‘Disgraced.’ (Tim Fuller)

Arizona Theater Company’s production of “Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Muslim-American lawyer whose dinner guests’ discussion of race and identity explodes into chaos, plays at the Temple of Music and Art through Nov. 7. I

n“Disgraced,” corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love and about to land a big promotion. But his success has come at a price. When Amir and his WASP up-and-coming-artist wife, Emily, host a dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, joined by Amir’s African-American work colleague, Jory, and her Jewish husband, Isaac, the friendly celebration soon escalates into something far more damaging.

“‘Disgraced’ will be the most-produced play in the nation this year and it is no mystery why,” says ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein. “Ayad Akhtar’s masterful play seems to be more current every day. Written with the taut, brute force which comes from vital issues of racial identity, religious belief and international power politics, the play has much of the power of a great classic tragedy.”

Tickets are available at, by calling 622-2823 or at the box office at 333 S. Scott Ave.