Saturday, May 6, 2017

Play by Ayad Akhtar presented by Readers Theater at Russell Library May 11th

Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
for the play "Disgraced" which will be performed
at Russell Library Thursday, May 11th at 7:00pm
This coming Thursday evening, Pulitzer- play winning, Obie Awarded DISGRACED, by Ayad Akhtar will be given a staged reading at 7 pm, Hubbard Room, Russell Library, Middletown.

The play speaks to the mounting difficulties faced by Muslim Americans in this country since the tragedies of 9-11.  Readers Theater has chosen to perform Akhtar's work because it is important for everyone to witness its powerful story.

Playwright Ayad Akhtar was born in Staten Island, NY, and raised in Milwaukee, WI. The plot of the play begins at a dinner party hosted by a Muslim-American lawyer and his wife. The conversation enters into the topics of politics and religion, when secret biases revealed.

Cast members are: Sourav Guha, Wesleyan alumnus and former Assistant Provost; Nat Holmes, Wellness & Engagement Program Coordinator for CHC, Middletown; veteran actor Joan Duquette, Tonia Winer of Stratford,and Wesleyan Freshman Munawar Rahman (whose story is highlighted in the Wesleyan Argus (2-2-17).

We hope you will be able to join us at Russell Library, Thursday evening. This is an important play to know.
Seats are first come, first served.  The play runs approximately 75 minutes.

This performance is funded by the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

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