Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced examines the price paid to live the American Dream. Amir, a rising star in a high-powered New York law firm, has distanced himself from his Muslim roots in a bid for success. When he and his wife Emily host an Upper East Side dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, upending their views on race, religion, and each other.
Disgraced Discussion Series
The Role of the Artist: Asking Questions about Art & Culture
Sun May 7, following 2pm Matinee
Join the discussion around the idea of the artist’s responsibility when posing controversial questions surrounding race, class, and culture even when — and sometimes especially when —it’s uncomfortable.
Speaker: Mark Bessire, Executive Director PMA
Appropriation vs. Appreciation: Cultural Exchange in the Art World
Wed May 10, following 7:30pm Performance
Disgraced’s Emily, a white woman, is a painter looking to reexamine the importance of Islamic art on western culture. Join us for a discussion about cultural exchange and the tenuous line between Appropriation vs Appreciation.
Speakers: Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine Poet Laureate and Interim President of MECA; Andres Versoza, Independent Art Consultant, Critic, & Curator; Oscar Mokeme, Director Museum of African Culture
Pathways or Pitfalls: Legal Myths & Realities Facing Immigrants in the US
Fri May 12, following 7:30pm Performance
Using Disgraced as a frame of reference, join us to explore legal issues faced by an immigrant character in the play, and to hear and discuss real stories from the New Mainer Community.
Speakers: Asylum Attorney Jamie Wagner; Asylum Attorney Jennifer Bailey of ILAP; Rosemarie DeAngelis, Color of Community & SMCC; members of the New Mainer Community.
The Tragic American Figure
Wed May 17 following 7:30 Performance
Join us for a panel discussion as we discuss Disgraced’s Amir against the backdrop of other classic tragic American figures in the theater, such as Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Walter Lee Younger (A Raisin in the Sun)
Speakers: Sarah Bay-Cheng, Professor and Department Chair at Bowdoin; Dr. Thomas Oldham, Colby Professor; Dr. Assunta Kent, USM Professor
Tuesday May 16, 6:30pm, Suggested Donation $10
Sacred Stories by Color of Community
In conjunction with Disgraced, Color of Community will present Sacred Stories, which are personal stories of life challenges and lessons learned. Color of Community is college-aged asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. Includes audience conversation and a light reception.
Portland Stage creates powerful theater that resonates with our community. If you have questions about the subject or content of any of our plays, please contact the Box Office prior to purchasing tickets for a detailed synopsis.