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Disgraced: Join the Conversation

The following post was written by Artistic Literary Intern Maggie Rogers.

As we begin our run of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, which begins previews January 8th, we wanted to inform you of the public programs coinciding with the show. Public programs are a great supplemental tool to help the audience digest the show in a more complete way. Come and join the conversation with us – we would love to hear your thoughts!

Event #1: Speak Up! 1: “What is the reality of being a Muslim at this moment in time?”

Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily) and Behzad Dabu (Abe) in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior.
Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily) and Behzad Dabu (Abe) in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior. Photo by Liz Lauren.

When: Monday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.

Where: University of Washington Communications Building 120, 4109 NE Seasons Way – Padelford Parking Lot

What: In the current cultural climate where Islamophobia is rampant and further exacerbated by recent events, this Speak Up! addresses how Muslims in the U.S. and abroad proactively give back to their communities without sacrificing their faith and identity.  The panel will feature Kristin Leahey (Literary Director, moderator), Monica Cortés Viharo (PhD Student, School of Drama UW), moderator, Lesley Hazleton (author of The First Muslim), Behzad Dabu (Disgraced actor, Abe), Karam Dana (Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences UW, Bothell), Duygu Erdogan Monson (third year PhD student in the University of Washington School of Drama), Humza Mangrio (senior at University of Washington, Computer Science), Tehreem Khokhar (junior at the University of Washington, double major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Communications).

 

Event #2: Speak Up! 2: “In a multicultural world, how does your race define you?”

When: Saturday, January 16, immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee of Disgraced

Where: Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre

What: After the performance you are invited to the Speak Up! panel featuring Kimberly Senior (director of Disgraced), Professor Sarah Eltantawi (Departments of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, The Evergreen State College), and Professor Nalini Iyer (English Department, Seattle University). This panel attempts to unpack some of the challenging racial and ethnic identity issues raised in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced and experienced nationally.

 

Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Bernard White (Amir), J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) and Zakiya Young (Jory) in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior.
Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Bernard White (Amir), J. Anthony Crane (Isaac) and Zakiya Young (Jory) in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Event #3: Panel: “The Art of Appropriation: Behind the Scenes of Disgraced

When: Sunday, January 17, 7 p.m.

Where: Downstairs at Town Hall – 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)

What: Does an artist have the right to generate art from a culture they don’t belong to? From music and film to poetry and everything in between, creators are faced with this question again and again.  This panel discussion includes Kristin Leahey (Seattle Rep Literary Director, moderator), Ijeoma Oluo (Seattle Artist), Catharina Manchanda (Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum), Natasha Marin (Seattle Artist), and Zaki Barak Hamid (Humanities Washington Program Director).

 

Event #4: Speak Up! 3: “Discussion on Pulitzer Qualities of Disgraced

When: Saturday, January 23, immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee of Disgraced

Where: Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre

What: After the performance you are invited to the Speak Up! panel featuring Kristin Leahey (Seatt;e Rep Literary Director, moderator), Scott Magelssen (UW, Theatre History, Associate Professor), and Harvey Young (Northwestern University, Professor, Chair of Theatre).  Join us for a discussion on what wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, such as Disgraced.

 

For more information about our public programming, check out the Special Events page of our website. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced performs in the Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Rep from January 8 – 31, 2016.

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