In my childhood, much of the yelling (otherwise known as intelligent conversation at full volume) took place around the dinner table. The same may be true of the Pultizer Prize-winning Disgraced. Northern Stage invites you to pull up a seat.
Race and religion are current and combustible topics, and this controversial play promises to bring them to the surface. Olivia Gilliat (previously seen as Nora earlier this season in A Doll’s House) is back as Emily, married to Pakistani-American corporate lawyer Amir (Amar Srivastava). Their friends—Amir’s African-American business partner and her Jewish husband—join in a dinner party conversation about Amir’s defense of a local imam. Carol Dunne directs, and comments, “This is a heartbreaking play that exposes the biases we hold against one another . . . Each character is hurt in this play by simmering prejudice.” Dunne believes that audiences “are hungry for the cultural change that the play demands.”
Disgraced opens this week and runs through March 18 at the Barrette Center in White River Junction VT. A Spot On moderated conversation will be held on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. For tickets, and for more information about dates and scheduled post-performance discussions, contact Northern Stage at its website, or call the box office at 802.296.7000.
(This post is a preview. I will be posting a review of the production at a later date.)
Photo, top, Srivastava and Gilliat as Amir and Emily, by Rob Strong