By Ayad Akhtar
Faith, lies and aspiration.
New York. Today. Corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor (Sachin Joab) is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest promotion of his life. But beneath all the trappings, success has come at a price.
When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging.
In dialogue that bristles with wit and complexity, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under the microscope. The result is a fiercely intelligent and sensationally entertaining drama that reveals the prejudices and compromises of modern Western culture.
Guided by Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Goodes (Switzerland), Disgraced is a complex and fearless production that will leave you breathless and keep you talking long after.
“Terrific, turbulent drama.” – The New York Times
“Disgraced rubs all kinds of unexpected raw spots with intelligence and humour.” – Newsday
Contains strong language, strong violence and cigarette smoking.
Production Photos by: Prudence Upton
Dates & Times:
Thursday 16 June 8pm
Friday 17 June 8pm
Saturday 18 June 2pm (AUDIO DESCRIBED) & 8pm
There is a lock period at the start of this performance. Please ensure you arrive on time to avoid missing the beginning of the show.
Please Note: The new Bishop of the Parramatta Diocese is being Installed on Thursday 16 June at the Cathedral across the road on Marsden Street. This will affect travel by car and public transport and parking. For this major event Marsden Road will be closed between Market Street and Victoria Road with traffic being redirected down Market Street. Prince Alfred Square will be used for spill over of the expected 3000 to 7000 people. Please allow extra time if you have tickets for this performance, to ensure that you make it to Riverside Theatres in time.
Please Note: Audio Description bookings are essential.
A tactile tour of the set and costumes is available prior to the performance on Saturday 18 June 2pm – Please let Box Office know that you wish to participate when you are booking your tickets. Please arrive 60 minutes prior to the performance to participate.
SPECIAL EVENT PERFORMANCE, POLITICS AND THE PERSONAL
SATURDAY 18 JUNE 4PM
Join us for a free forum with artists and cultural commentators from across Sydney as we discuss the personal, political and theatrical impacts of Disgraced. This Pulitzer Prize winning play has elicited vastly different responses from audiences and different communities across the USA. What do Australian audiences and artists think?
The panel will be chaired by Dr Sev Ozdowski and the members include Patrick McIntyre, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Dr Roanna Gonsalves, Iain Sinclair, Amanda Yeo and Paula Abood.
Approx. 75 mins
Free, bookings essential
Please note, Season Packages are not available to purchase online. To book a season package simply fill out a Season Booking Form and submit it to Box Office by post or in person.
To receive a copy of our 2016 Season Brochure, please call Box Office on 8839 3399.
Download a copy of our Season 2016 booking form here: Season 2016 Booking Form
Composer & Sound Designer
Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM
Ozdowski was the Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2000 to 2005. During this time Ozdowski authored the report about the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2004), A Last Resort?, which talks about the human rights of the children who arrived in Australia to seek protection from Autocratic rule of Iraq and Afghanistan. As Disability Discrimination Commissioner, in 2005 Ozdowski conducted the National Inquiry into Mental Health Services Not for Service. Currently Ozdowski is the Director of the Equity and Diversity department at Western Sydney University and Honorary Professor at the Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney. Since 2006 President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education, and initiator of annual International Human Rights Education Conferences held in Sydney, Durban, Cracow, Taipei and Washington D.C. In December 2014 Ozdowski has been appointed Chair of the Australian Multicultural Council by the Australian Government.
Patrick McIntyre has over twenty years’ experience in cultural management. Currently Executive Director of Sydney Theatre Company, one of the largest theatre companies in the English speaking world, his former roles include Associate Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, General Manager of Sydney Film Festival and Marketing Manager at Sydney Opera House. Aside from his main roles, Patrick has spoken on topics such as change management and creativity in business at conferences and educational institutions, and was a member of the New South Wales state Creative Industries task force, one of seven industry task forces established by the State Government to make recommendations for improving economic productivity. He is currently member of a consulting panel to property development firm Lend Lease that is advising on developing best practice work places for the 21st century. In 2007, while at The Australian Ballet, he produced Australia’s first live via satellite performing arts broadcast into cinemas located in every State in the country. In 2010, he was invited to be a member of an international cultural CEO program convened on four separate occasions by National Arts Strategies (US), and was also an invited presenter at a meeting of emerging cultural leaders from around the world at the Salzburg Global Forum in 2012. A graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney’s BA (Communications) degree, he has also been extensively published as a freelance entertainment writer.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is author of The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014) and a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre. His research and work primarily charts the politics of race and class in Western Sydney and broader Australian communities.
Dr Roanna Gonsalves
Dr Roanna Gonsalves is an Indian Australian writer and academic. Her series of radio documentaries entitled On the tip of a billion tongues, (Earshot, ABC RN Nov-Dec 2015) is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She received the Prime Minister’s Endeavour Award 2013, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. Her first book of fiction will be published in October 2016 by University of Western Australia Publishing. See roannagonsalves.com.au for more information.
An award-winning theatre practitioner with a strong track record specialising in new writing and contemporary international work. Since graduating with distinction from the RADA masters program in 1997 Iain has used his skills in dramaturgy and direction notably. He established a critically celebrated theatre company in Canberra (Elbow Theatre), where he received four Critics Circle Awards and since moving to Sydney has received four nominations for Sydney Theatre Awards (winning with The Seed). He has also had two plays he directed dramaturged and premiered nominated for AWGIES (winning with Tom Holloway’s Beyond the Neck and Running Up with Kate Mulvany’s The Seed). Iain has had a number of highly praised mainstage productions in Sydney including Our Town for STC at the Opera House described as “a triumph” by Time Out and his own translation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding described as “a masterfully deft translation to the Australian ear” by The Australian. In his early career Iain has been assistant director to Cate Blanchett, Jean Pierre-Mignon, Gale Edwards and Max Stafford Clark. In 2009 Iain was invited by Max Stafford Clark to tour UK as a member of his company “Out of Joint” teaching principles of new play making and Max Stafford Clark’s legendary process based on actioning. Iain is also an accomplished educator who has taught at all levels from youth theatre to post graduate lecturing.
Iain’s predominant vocation lies in new play development and in new work. Strong evidence can be seen in his exceptional track record of successful productions (listed below) his involvement in numerous Australian National Playwright’s Conferences on top of ongoing partnerships with many of Australia’s leading playwrights as well as relationships with leading international writers such as Stella Feheely and J.T Rogers. Iain has studied best practise in developmental dramaturgy internationally, meeting with dramaturgs and literary managers from ASK (Los Angeles), New Dramatists (New York), The Traverse (Scotland), The Royal Shakespeare Company, Paines Plough, The Royal Court and The National Theatre (England). Iain also directed a developmental workshop of Blood and Gifts with celebrated New York playwright J.T Rogers which has just completed a Broadway production by the Lincoln Center. He was also dramaturg on the most recent Patrick White Award winning play Little Borders by Phillip Kavanagh.
Amanda Yeo’s stories have been published and performed in Stories of Sydney (SWEATSHOP & Seizure), Westside (Westside Publications), The Last Word (Sydney Festival 2015), and The Voices Project (Australian Theatre for Young People). She is concerned with representations of race, gender and disability and their effect upon marginalised communities. When not writing Amanda plays video games and does law.
Paula is a writer, creative producer and community cultural development practitioner. She has written and directed for performance, radio, publications and film. Paula was awarded the 2007 Western Sydney Artists’ Fellowship for the blogging project Race and the City and was the 2013 recipient of the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for lifetime achievement in community cultural development practice. She has worked with culturally diverse communities on creative projects in Western Sydney for over two decades.
‘A revelatory piece… an awesomely entertaining ride.’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Taut, engrossing and powerful.’ The Guardian
‘Disgraced is a 90-minute roller-coaster ride through some of the most thrilling theatre you’re ever likely to see’ The Daily Telegraph
‘The brilliantly written dialogue is perfectly delivered by a cast tightly directed by STC resident director Sarah Goodes’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Disgraced feels urgent and timely’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Sachin Joab is a revelation on his STC debut’ Stage Noise
Sachin Joab makes his Sydney Theatre Company debut in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which will tour to Riverside 16 – 18 June. Sydney Theatre Company’s Content Manager Carl Nilsson-Polias finds out what makes him tick. Click here to read it now.
Guided by Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Goodes (Switzerland), Disgraced is a complex and fearless production that will leave you breathless and keep you talking long after. Ahead of Disgraced playing at Sydney Theatre Company and then touring to Riverside in June, Sydney Theatre Company caught up with Sarah to discuss this thought-provoking show. Click here to read it now.
Aditi Sriram from Guernica chats to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar about Disgraced, his writing, prizes and projects. Click here to read it now.
Sydney Theatre Company’s new Resident Designer Elizabeth Gadsby joins Carl Nilsson-Polias to discuss her design for Disgraced. Along the way, they talk about what her new job title actually means, her background as a visual artist, how she became a theatre designer and why she thinks STC should get a boat.