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Ayad Akhtar on Bringing His Pulitzer-Winning Play to Broadway

Monday November 23 2020 • 7:57pm - 7:57pm ET

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar

After a critically acclaimed run off-Broadway in 2012 and a Pulitzer Prize win in 2013, Ayad Akhtar’s play “Disgraced” makes its premiere on Broadway this fall.

The play tells the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.

Akhtar will sit down with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate live in The Greene Space on Sept. 18 —  along with cast members Josh RadnorKaren Pittman, and Hari Dhillon — to give our audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the play. [Buy tickets here]. In advance of the event, he talked with us about the process of writing the play and bringing it to Broadway.

Win a pair of tickets to the play!

UPDATE: A winner has been selected. Thanks for entering! We’re giving away a pair of tickets to a preview of “Disgraced” (a value of approximately $280). Watch the video, then answer the question below it. Those who answer correctly will be entered in our giveaway. The winner will be announced live during our Sept. 18 Inside Look event, which you can buy tickets for or watch via live video webcast here.

 Take a look at the official rules before you enter!

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