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Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte Leads the Cast of The Alliance Theatre’s Atlanta Premiere of DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, Jan. 27 -Feb. 14

DISGRACED playwright Ayad Akhtar at The Drama Book Shop in New York on January 22, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

DISGRACED playwright Ayad Akhtar at The Drama Book Shop in New York on January 22, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The Alliance Theatre is presenting the Atlanta premiere of DISGRACED, the provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-nominated play on culture and identity by Ayad Akhtar. DISGRACED was included in The New York Times Best of 2014 list for theater. As the most produced play in regional theater this season, DISGRACED has received impassioned audience response for its bold exploration of identity, religion, and class in the complex landscape of 21st Century urban America. The Alliance’s production will be directed by Artistic Director, Susan V. Booth and runs on the Alliance Stage January 27 – February 14, 2016.

DISGRACED tells the story of Amir Kapoor, a successful lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When Amir and his wife Emily host a dinner party, friendly conversation quickly explodes into something far deeper and more dangerous. DISGRACED examines an American identity far more complicated than any melting pot.

Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte

Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte

Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte leads the diverse cast of characters in the role Amir Kapoor. On television, Andrew has appeared in the Netlix/Marvel series Jessica Jones. Others include Madam SecretaryElementaryPerson of InterestNurse Jackie, and Law and Order SVU. In regional theater, credits include The King and I (King of Siam, Mariott Theatre Chicago), Twelfth Night (Connecticut Rep), Serious Money, and It Pays to Advertise (Yale Rep), and Our Town (Steppenwolf).  His Off-Broadway appearances include A Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbeth (Lincoln Center Theatre, dir lab), Awake and SingInvasion (Obie Award), Marat/SadeThe Winter’s Tale (Classic Stage Company), and Bunty Berman Presents (The New Group).

The cast also includes Courtney Patterson (Alliance: The Geller Girls) as Amir’s beautiful, idealist (and Caucasian) artist wife, Emily; Tinashe Kajese (Alliance: Blues for an Alabama Sky) as Amir’s African-American co-worker, Jory; Andrew Benator (Alliance: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Jory’s husband and Jewish arts curator, Isaac; and Ali Sohaili (Sex of the Baby) as Amir’s nephew, Abe.

Members of the creative team include Set Designer Tony Cisek, Costume Designer Lex Liang, Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu, and Sound Designer Clay Benning.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets are also available online at The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street.

Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte, Richard Ruiz and more set for Holiday Infused ‘Twelfth Night’, directed by Victor Maog at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Dec. 3 – 13
Photos: World Premiere of Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s BUMBUG The Musical at The Clurman Theatre, December 5-22, 2012

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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