Fu­sion Theatre Com­pany’s Dis­graced

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Dis­graced, the first stage play by the Pak­istani-Amer­i­can writer and ac­tor Ayad Akhtar, did not lack for ac­co­lades. Af­ter it was un­veiled, first in Chicago and then at Lin­coln Cen­ter, Akhtar found him­self at the re­ceiv­ing end of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer com­mit­tee de­scribed it as “a mov­ing play that de­picts a suc­cess­ful cor­po­rate lawyer painfully forced to con­sider why he has for so long cam­ou­flaged his Pak­istani Mus­lim her­itage.” The play trav­els a long and sur­pris­ing path from its start to its fin­ish, but Dis­graced is noth­ing if not con­fronta­tional, and it is likely to force view­ers into un­ac­cus­tomed and per­haps un­com­fort­able in­tel­lec­tual po­si­tions. Fu­sion Theatre Com­pany of Al­bu­querque snagged rights to mount the work’s first post-Broad­way pro­duc­tion and fol­low­ing 14 per­for­mances in the Duke City, it con­cludes its run with a sin­gle per­for­mance at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.), at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 26. Tick­ets ($15 to $35) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. — J.M.K.

An­gela Lit­tle­ton and John San Ni­co­las

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