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Who’s Who in Disgraced

Learn about the five characters in Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced below! Amir: Amir is the central character in Disgraced. Amir’s family is of South Asian origin, but he was born in the United States and firmly identifies as an American. He is a successful corporate lawyer and lives in a lush apartment on New York City’s…

Engaging Communities. Expanding Minds. The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre Opens This Spring

Goodman Theatre believes that theater is more than a play or a place: it is an inspiring, expansive lens on the world that can profoundly engage communities and expand minds. Goodman programs promote literacy and learning, inspire self-confidence and empowerment — and effect positive change in society. The new Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at…

First Person: Actor Behzad Dabu Recounts his Journey with Disgraced

In Disgraced, Chicago-based actor Behzad Dabu portrays Abe, the 22-year-old nephew of successful Manhattan lawyer Amir. Abe’s request for his uncle to assist a local imam facing legal trouble sparks the tumultuous events of Ayad Akhtar’s drama. The Goodman production of Disgraced will mark a homecoming of sorts for Dabu, who also played Abe in…

Playwright Ayad Akhtar on PBS Newshour

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright of  Disgraced, sat down with PBS Newshour during the play’s recent Broadway run to discuss the hit play. Watch Akhtar discuss the themes of identity and religion in the United States in this video. Learn more about Akhtar's influences as an artist, then come see the production here at the Goodman—perfromances…