Fusion Theatre Company’s Disgraced
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