Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
Located in a spacious Upper East Side apartment in New York, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream. With South Asian Muslim roots, he has gone on to become a successful lawyer, has a beautiful American wife and even a wardrobe of $600 custom-tailored shirts.
But when Amir hosts a dinner party for his African American colleague and her Jewish husband, the initially pleasant evening erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and class in the modern world.
Set in post 9/11 America, Disgraced, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar takes you on an “entertaining and thought-provoking” (USA Today) journey.
Disgraced addressed racial problems and whether people can look past stereotypes and treat each other with respect. It was executed so well because what seemed to be friendly jousts towards each other’s race soon escalated into a violent domestic conflict.
This set me thinking about situations like these that we often see in Singapore and a timely discussion at the end of the play set the stage for people to offer their take on racism in Singapore. What resulted was a great play forever etched in my mind and a meaningful discussion forever impressed upon me.