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Disgraced Discussed with Ayad Akhtar, Josh Radnor and Aasif Mandvi. Free book talk and signing.
A conversation with Disgraced on Broadway playwright Ayad Akhtar and Disgraced costar Josh Radnor
Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced will be the subject of a discussion at New York City's Drama Book Shop on January 22 at 5pm. Akhtar will be joined by Josh Radnor, who currently costars in the Broadway play. The conversation will be moderated by Aasif Mandvi, who appeared in the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theatre production of the play.
Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced is currently running on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre through March 1. His plays include Disgraced (Broadway/LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama/2013 Obie Award for Extraordinary Achievement/2103 Jeff Award for New Work), The Who & The What (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop/The Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Also a novelist, Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company, published in 20 languages worldwide. He co-wrote and starred in The War Within (Magnolia Pictures), which was released internationally and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, Akhtar also starred as Neel Kashkari in HBO’s adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail. He studied at Brown University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Josh Radnor wrote, directed, and starred in two films, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before being released in theaters: The Audience Award-winning happythankyoumoreplease opposite Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, and Tony Hale and Liberal Arts opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Zac Efron. He was last seen in Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight (Sundance, 2013) opposite Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple. Recently finished a nine-season run playing Ted Mosby on CBS's Emmy-nominated comedy How I Met Your Mother. His other television credits include guest appearances on ER, Six Feet Under, and Law & Order among others. He was a series regular on ABC's The Court starring Sally Field. He made his film debut in the original teen spoof Not Another Teen Movie. On Broadway he played the title character in The Graduate opposite Kathleen Turner. Off-Broadway and regionally, he has appeared at the Manhattan Theater Club, The Vineyard Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage, among others. In Los Angeles, he appeared in the Ovation Award-winning world premiere production of Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter. Most recently Josh appeared in New York Stage and Film’s world premiere production of Richard Greenberg's The Babylon Line, directed by Terry Kinney.
Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning show, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He is currently writing, producing, and starring in HBO’s upcoming series, “The Brink” co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. November marked the release of his memoir, No Man’s Land, a collection of humorous and personal stories published by Chronicle Books. Aasif received rave reviews for his performance as ‘Amir’ in the Lincoln Center production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, and received an Obie Award for Sakina’s Restaurant, which he both wrote and starred in.
The North American premiere of EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by George Perrin
Barrow Street Theatre
December 6, 2014 - March 29, 2015. Official opening: December 14, 2014.
A NY Times Critic's Pick
"[EVERY BRILLIANT THING] is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous." —Lynn Gardner, The Guardian
1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
Duncan Macmillan's life-affirming production takes an unflinching look at the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy.
One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop – this life-affirming piece of theatre sometimes looks as if it might be sailing quite close to those treacherous theatrical shallows, known as "the cutes", that can capsize even the most well-meaning show. But without sacrificing our enjoyment, Macmillan and director George Perrin steer it well away from whimsy into choppier waters. There is something tough being confronted here – the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy – and it is explored with unflinching honesty.
It is fully aware of the gravitational pull of the darkness that beckons the narrator’s mother and speaks to him as well. In the face of great loss and depression, a real effort of will is required to recall why it’s worth continuing with life. That will is the force that animates “Every Brilliant Thing” and keeps it afloat for the captivating hour of its duration. Being an active part of its creative team takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter.
It took me the long ride home on the subway, with its crush of straphangers half ignoring and half participating in each other’s lives, to realize that the play’s narrative concepts weren’t interchangeable gimmicks, handy to any tale, but a specific and deep response to the work of staying alive. It’s after all a job that requires hundreds of people and a million things to live for.
Put the word brilliant in your title and you are asking for trouble. But Duncan Macmillan delivers with this not-quite one-man show about a young boy who, after his mother’s suicide attempt, compiles a list of all the brilliant things that make life worth living. This painfully honest, funny play about depression, guilt, and trying save those you love and yourself, is indeed brilliant: an act of complicity and shared imagination between performer Jonny Donahoe and the audience that is exposing, heartfelt and joyous.
On Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Beginning December 16, 2014, Opening January 13, 2014.
Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Prisoners) makes his MTC and Broadway debuts in the first American production of CONSTELLATIONS, a new play by Nick Payne (If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet), which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre to tremendous acclaim. Michael Longhurst (If There Is…) directs.
This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.
If the science at the center of Nick Payne’s smart, slushy and pretty superb Constellations is right, then there’s a parallel universe in which Manhattan Theatre Club never produced the play, the Royal Court never premiered it, Payne never wrote it. Good thing – for Broadway, anyway – that we’re in this particular cosmos.
Broadway and London producers are in talks about a New York run of the hit British play “Wolf Hall” and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” based on the historical novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell, according to theater executives with knowledge of the discussions.
“Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2,” the rebranded two-part theater event that originated at the Royal Shakespeare Company as “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” has mapped out its route to Broadway, landing at the Winter Garden Theater in an April opening.
Pulitzer Prize Winner begins previews September 27, 2014, at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. Through March 1, 2015.
The Araca Group presents Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED, directed by Kimberly Senior. Hari Dhillon reprises the role he performed at London's Bush Theater.
DISGRACED is the story of Amir Kapoor, 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, a white artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
Ayad Akhtar’s blistering play “Disgraced,” which had a critically acclaimed Off Broadway run in 2012 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama the next year, will open on Broadway this fall at the Lyceum Theater, one of the lead producers, Matthew Rego, confirmed on Tuesday.
For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV's “How I Met Your Mother.” So he's the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night. Radnor is on Broadway in Ayad Akhtar's “Disgraced,” a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture. He thinks for a moment before taking the bait.
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
directed by Scott Ellis
starring Bradley Cooper
Broadway's Booth Theatre beginning October 19 (18?), 2014, opening November 13, 2014 will now begin previews on November 7, 2014 and open on December 7, and has been extended to 14 weeks, through Feb. 15, 2015.
Bradley Cooper, who just some time ago concluded a run in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Elephant Man, is eager to bring Bernard Pomerance's 1979 drama to Broadway.
Bradley Cooper stars with Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram.
"Still open for debate is whether Cooper will have time to bring a revival of The Elephant Man to Broadway. The plan was for it to open in time for Tony Awards consideration for next year, but Cooper’s schedule suddenly got very crowded and it might have to be pushed until next fall."
January 21, 2014: Entertainment Weekly says THE ELEPHANT MAN is definately headed to Broadway [click here]
January 24, 2014: Bradley Cooper in 'The Elephant Man': A dream role for a heartthrob —L.A. Times
"The latest hunk to take the role in Bernard Pomerance's play is Bradley Cooper, who will reprise his 2012 performance from the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Broadway this fall. Cooper will be reunited with Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Treves, who rescues Merrick from a freak show, and Patricia Clarkson, as the actress who befriends the patient."
Mark your calendars! Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper, has finally set Great White Way dates. The Tony-winning drama, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18 and officially open on November 13.
The revival of Bernard Pomerance’s “Elephant Man,” with Bradley Cooper in the title role, originally scheduled to begin previews in October, has been delayed a month because of a scheduling conflict, a spokesman for the producers said.
Stopping by the TODAY set with co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, Cooper recalled how he first learned about the story as a child when his dad showed him a film version. "It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch’s movie,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “And then I discovered it was a play, and I did it for my thesis in grad school.”