Meet the cast: Dorien Makhloghi of 'Disgraced'

by John Moore | Apr 10, 2017
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Dorien Makhloghi plays Amir Kapoor, a brilliant, successful Muslim-American attorney who has turned his back on his faith and is now thriving in post-9/11 Manhattan in 'Disgraced,' playing through May 7. Photo by Adams VisCom.

Amir in Disgraced

Makhloghi-DorienAt the Theatre Company: Debut. He previously played Amir in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of Disgraced last year in Sarasota, Fla. On and Off-Broadway, he has appeared in The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night (Public Theater/NYSF), The Oedipus Cycle, Nathan the Wise (Pearl Theatre), and Around the World in 80 Days (New Theater on 45th). Regional theater credits include Scorched (Syracuse Stage), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Saratoga Shakespeare) and world premieres of Love/Stories, The Great Recession (Flea Theater) and Another Life (Theater Three Collaborative). Film: I, Origins and Starving.

  • Disgraced. Dorien Makhloghi. Adams VisComHometown:  Putney, Vermont
  • Training: Bachelor of science from Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, N.Y.
  • What was the role that changed your life? In my case, it was not a role that I played but rather on that I saw: Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. I knew then what I wanted to be: A cool and hilarious scientist.
  • Why are you an actor? It's more fun than a real job. 
  • What would you be doing if you weren't an actor: I'd be a gardener ... because we'd all better learn those skills, and soon. It's the way of the future.
  • Ideal scene partner: Joseph Gordon Levitt ... because I would walk all over him.
  • Why does Disgraced matter? Because it asks pertinent questions and offers no easy solutions to a complex socio-political issue that is still playing out today.  
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? A reason to reflect.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..."
    "... a compound in the mountains with my herbs and my pets and my guns. Also, enlightenment."

dorien-makhloghi-photo-credit-adamsviscom'Disgraced' actors Olivia Gilliatt and Dorien Makhloghi. Photo by Adams VisCom for the DCPA NewsCenter.

: Ticket information
DisgracedIn this raw new play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife’s art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear.

Through May 7
Ricketson Theatre
ASL and audio-described performance: 1:30 p.m. April 30

Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Disgraced:
Perspectives: Disgraced is about starting, not finishing, conversations
Video, photos: Your first look at Theatre Company's Disgraced
Video: A talk with Disgraced Costume Designer Lex Liang
has been known to leave audiences gasping
Disgraced Director promises to push your (empathy) button
TED Talk: On the danger of a 'single story'

More 2016-17 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
Steven J. Burge, An Act of God
Liam Craig, The Book of Will
Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
Meridith C. Grundei, Frankenstein
Steven Cole Hughes, An Act of God
Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
Mark Junek, Frankenstein
Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
Jennifer Le Blanc, The Book of Will
Cajardo Lindsey, The Christians
Rodney Lizcano, The Book of Will
Wesley Mann, The Book of Will
Robert Montano, Two Degrees
Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein
Erik Sandvold, An Act of God
John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie
Kim Staunton, Two Degrees


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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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