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Disgraced

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Carl Cofield
Mar 31 - May 7, 2017
Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
• DRAMA
Run Time: Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission
Ticket Price: Varies by date and availability. Come early and save! Tickets start at $35 for Mar 31 – Apr 6
Age Recommendation: Suggested for mature audiences 17+.
Advisory: Adult content and language throughout.

Terrific and turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity” – The New York Times

Breathtaking, raw and blistering.” – The Associated Press

Amir has spent his adulthood downplaying his upbringing to build the perfect life. But as a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islamic-inspired art show reveal just how little his culture is understood by the people around him, their misconceptions become too much to bear. The expectation to be true to yourself and to fit into mainstream society collide in this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

'Disgraced': Director promises to push your (empathy) button
“It will be both provocative and be conversational - and that is just one of the beauties of this play,” said Kent Thompson. Read More

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Post-Show Discussions
Post-Show Discussions
Mar 31 – May 7 | Post-show
There will be a discussion following each performance of Disgraced moderated by members of the higher education community. All audience members are invited and encouraged to attend. Meet our moderators >
 
Creative Team Perspectives
Creative Team Perspectives
Mar 31 | 6:00pm

The Jones

Get an exclusive insider’s perspective before the show when you join us for a free, professionally-moderated discussion with the creative team.
 
Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Apr 9 | 1:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion led by members of our academic community after the matinee performance.
Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Apr 25 | 6:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod after the performance to examine the show through a theological lens.
Accessible Matinee Performance
Accessible Matinee Performance
Apr 30 | 1:30pm
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Disgraced- 2016-17 Theatre Company Season

Disgraced - Behind the Scenes

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"Disgraced" and The Denver Muslim Women's Art Collection
~John Moore for the DCPA News Center

Meet the cast: Dorien Makhloghi (Amir)
~John Moore for the DCPA News Center

Meet the cast: Benjamin Pelteson (Isaac)
~John Moore for the DCPA News Center

TED Talk: The danger of a single story
~John Moore for the DCPA News Center

'Disgraced': It has been known to leave audiences gasping
~Sylvie Drake for the DCPA NewsCenter
Vandit Bhatt
Vandit Bhatt, Abe
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Select New York credits: Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre Company); Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater Company); Other Farmers’ Fields (The Public); Skin, Asking for Trouble, The Unusual Life of Bed Bugs and Other Creatures (The Ensemble Studio Theatre); Bike America (Ma-Yi Theater Company); The Great Recession (The Flea Theater). Select Regional Theatre: Indian Ink, The Hard Problem (American Conservatory Theater); Disgraced (Arizona Theater Company). Film/TV: Ripped with Russell Peters, 42 Seconds Of Happiness, “Younger,” “The Michael J Fox Show,” “Mercy,”  “One Life To Live.”
Olivia Gilliatt
Olivia Gilliatt, Emily
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatre: Buried Child (Palm Beach Dramaworks); The Libertine (Fool’s Theatre); The Country Wife (Odyssey Theatre); Tomorrow in the Battle (Stageworks/Hudson); Boeing Boeing (Seven Angels); The Tutor, VENUS (NYCFringe); Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Fiddler on the Roof, I Hate Hamlet (New London Barn Playhouse). TV/Film: “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Path,” Dastaar (SXSW 2016). Training: BFA, Dartmouth College; MFA, NYU.
Dorien Makhloghi
Dorien Makhloghi, Amir
At the Theatre Company: Debut. He previously played Amir in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of Disgraced last year. 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, Starving.
Benjamin Pelteson
Benjamin Pelteson, Isaac

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: EST, City Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Wilma Theater, Williamstown, Capital Repertory, McCarter (tour), Pittsburgh Public and others. TV: “The Americans,” “Homeland,” “Law & Order,” “Unforgettable,” “Silly Little Game” (ESPN). Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Angels in America (Philadelphia, PA). Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon.

Christina Sajous
Christina Sajous, Jory

At the Theatre Company: The 12 (Mary Magdalene). Broadway: Spider Man: Turn off the Dark (Arachne), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Baby It’s You! (Shirley), Tupac Shakur: Holler If Ya Hear Me. Other credits include: AfroCuban adaptation of Carmen (Carmen), BAM/New York City Opera’s Anna Nicole (Blossom), City Center Encores: I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (Alice), Forever Dusty (Claire). Film: Brazzaville Teenager directed by Michael Cera, Broadway Idiot. TV: “Alpha House” (Amazon Studios), “The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards” (CBS), “One Life to Live” (ABC). Training /Awards: New York University: Tisch School of the Arts. Westword Best of Denver Award, Best Performance By An Actress in a Musical for The 12.

Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar, Playwright
Ayad was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in more than 20 languages worldwide. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. Akhtar was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 Season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djeressi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. He also is a Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop. Akhtar is currently the Resident Playwright with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.
Carl Cofield
Carl Cofield, Director
At the Theatre Company: One Night in Miami… (Huffington Post best of LA 2013, N.A.A.C.P., LA Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater, for which, he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P. award for Best Director. NYC directing credits include: the 50th anniversary of Dutchman for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre, Macbeth and The Tempest for Classical Theatre of Harlem/Dinoma Theatre, 1001 for Columbia, A Midsummer Nights Dream for NYU, Better Than Yellow for 48 Hours In Harlem, The Seven by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, The Tuskegee Airman Project for CUNY York College. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages. As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others. Training: MFA, Columbia. www.carlcofield.com
Curtis Craig
Curtis Craig, Sound Design
At the Theatre Company: Frankenstein, All The Way. Other Theatres: Classical Theater of Harlem, Watertower Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Arkansas Rep, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Recent sound design and composition: The First Noel (Apollo Theater); The List (New York Fringe Festival); Creep (Watertower Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Whipping Man, On The Razzle (Clarence Brown Theater). His sound & media design for Gizmo was selected for exhibition at the 2013 World Stage Design expo in Cardiff, Wales. His composition and sound design work for Pentecost— gold medal in sound design at the 2009 World Stage Design exposition in Seoul, South Korea.
Richard Devin
Richard Devin , Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: The Christians, FADE. Artistic Company Member at Curious Theatre, lighting 16 productions. At the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for 17 years as Producing Artistic Director and 26 years as lighting designer. Designed lighting for more than 250 productions at 35 of America’s regional theatres, as well as designing Off-Broadway, in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Cairo. He was Managing Director and Designer with the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 8 years and is past president of the U.S. Institute for

Theatre Technology. He taught for 40 years at the University of Colorado, University of Washington, and Temple University.
Lex Liang
Lex Liang, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Work includes design for theatre/live performance and special events. Regional companies include Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery), Cleveland Play House (How I Learned To Drive), LaJolla Playhouse, Alliance Theatre (Troubadour), Paper Mill Playhouse, among others. Over 50 NYC/Off-Broadway productions including 1001 (directed by Carl Cofield), and 9 Circles. Multiple award-winning member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. For Kitty. www.LDCdesign.com
Geoffrey Kent
Geoffrey Kent, Fight Director

At the Theatre Company: (16 seasons), Frankenstein, Hamlet, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, 1001, A Skull in Connemara, King Lear, Superior Donuts. Other Theatres: Troilus & Cressida, Othello, Henry 4 Part 1, Macbeth, Treasure Island, Three Musketeers (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Cymbeline, Taming of the Shrew (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curious Theatre Company); Carmen (Opera Colorado); Land of the Dead (Creede Rep); Romeo & Juliet (Sante Fe Ballet). Henry Award for Achievement in Fight Direction. www.geoffreykent.com

Kathryn G. Maes, PhD
Kathryn G. Maes, PhD, Voice and Dialect
At the Theatre Company: The Christians, The Book of Will, A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, The Glass Menagerie. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock), Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. Special Awards/Training: ADVS (Central School of Speech and Drama. London, England); Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh).
Paul Fouquet
Paul Fouquet, Elissa Myers Casting
Three Emmy nominations and one win, and one Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Over 15 films for PBS. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, and 26 Off-Broadway shows. Current regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”
Lisa M. Orzolek
Lisa M. Orzolek, Scenic Designer
At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/25 seasons) The Nest, Tribes, One Night in Miami…, Benediction, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green and more. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love...Perfect...Change, An Act of God, Forbidden Broadway, Girls Only, The Taffetas, (DCPA Cabaret). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University.
Heidi Schmidt, PhD.
Heidi Schmidt, PhD., Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: Tribes, The Christians. Other Theatres: Julius Caesar, Equivocation, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Richard III, The Inspector General, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Faith (Local Theater Co). Directing: Dirtyfish Theatre, CU Boulder, CSF Education, readings for Curious New Voices, Athena Project, Paragon Theatre. Other: Associate Artist (Local Theater), Adjunct Faculty (CU Boulder).
Christopher C. Ewing
Christopher C. Ewing, Production Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: (32 seasons) The Glass Menagerie, Animal Crackers, Death of a Salesman, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, When We Are Married, Fences, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Mama Hated Diesels, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, Quilters, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises Off, Plainsong, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Funny Thing…Forum, The Clean House, Gem of the Ocean, A Flea in Her Ear, Crowns, Fire on the Mountain, John Brown’s Body, The Skin of Our Teeth, Almost Heaven and 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. Other Theatres: Colorado Ballet, DCPA Broadway, Bonfils Theatre. Training: BFA in Theatre Design/Technology from Loretto Heights College.
Kristen O’Connor
Kristen O’Connor, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: The Book of Will, FADE, A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, Animal Crackers, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman. Other Theatres: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Phamaly Theatre Company, DCPA Cabaret, LIDA Project, Augustana Arts. Training: BFA Applied Theatre Technology & Design, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. 
Nataki Garrett
Nataki Garrett, Associate Artistic Director
Featured in the November 2016 edition of American Theatre Magazine’s “One to Watch”, Nataki Garrett is the Associate Artistic Director of the DCPA Theatre Company and the former Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance. She is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, a NAACP Award nominee and a member of SDC. Recent regional credits include: Hurt Village, An Octaroon, Pussy Valley, Neighbors, Bullrusher, Hoodoo Love, Semi Circle of Love, Smoke Lilies and Jade. Radio Credits include Biloxi Blues, Tape, 16 Wounded, The Living Room. Opera credits: Wet and Sucktion
Charlie I. Miller
Charlie I. Miller, Associate Artistic Director for Strategy & Innovation
Charlie oversees new and innovative programming at the Denver Center including Off-Center, audience engagement projects, and other strategic initiatives. As co-founder and Curator of Off-Center, Charlie has led its growth from a small theatrical testing center to one of the DCPA’s signature lines of programming. Before joining the Artistic Team fulltime, Charlie divided his time between Off-Center and the Theatre Company’s Multimedia Department. As DCPA’s award-wining Resident Video Designer, Charlie designed and created projection/video content for 35 productions in nine seasons. Charlie is a Harvard graduate and a sixth generation Denverite.
Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production
Jeff is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
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