PHOTO CALL: Disgraced, Starring Aasif Mandvi and Heidi Armbruster, Opens Off-Broadway

By Matthew Blank
October 23, 2012

Aasif Mandvi and Heidi Armbruster co-star in the LCT3 production of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, about a Pakistani-American lawyer on the rise, which officially opened Off-Broadway Oct. 22 at the Claire Tow Theater.

Disgraced premiered in January at Chicago’s American Theatre Company. Kimberly Senior, who staged the Chicago premiere of the play, returns to direct the Off-Broadway production that began previews Oct. 7. LCT3 is Lincoln Center Theater's new works initiative.



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Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi
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Mandvi ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and Armbruster (Time Stands Still) are joined by Erik Jensen (The Exonerated, Aftermath, "The Bronx Is Burning"), Omar Maskati (The Belle's Stratagem) and Karen Pittman (Good People).

Disgraced, according to LCT3, "is the story of Amir Kapoor (Mandvi), a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife Emily (Armbruster), a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging."

Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter interview with Aasif Mandvi, who talks about his heritage and the challenges of being a South Asian actor.

The production has sets by Lauren Helpern, costumes by Dane Laffrey, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and sound by Jill BC DuBoff.

Akhtar is a writer and actor whose novel "American Dervish" was published earlier this year. He co-wrote and played the lead role in the film "The War Within." His play The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in March.

For tickets, visit LCT3.org. All tickets to all LCT3 productions are $20.