World Premiere of ‘Disgraced’ at American Theater Company

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Disgraced" has its world premiere at the American Theater Company.

Chicago theater companies have gained a reputation for debuting new works by up-and-coming playwrights. Adding to that tradition, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St., will stage the world premiere of Disgraced, January 27 – February 26.

Written by Milwaukee-born author, filmmaker and actor Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced centers around a Pakistani-American lawyer struggling to climb the slippery corporate ladder. At the cusp of achieving his life-long ambition, he falls victim to professional and personal betrayal, not the least of which is the betrayal of himself.

The production, directed by Kimberly Senior and featuring ATC ensemble member Usman Ally, was developed in collaboration with The Araca Group, Broadway producers of Wicked, Rock of Ages, Urinetown and more. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 773-409-4125 or order online.

American Theater Company (ATC) was founded in July 1985 as American Blues Theatre, a company dedicated to exploring, nurturing and developing theater that addressed and affected working-class people of Chicago. In 1993, the company settled into its permanent home in Northcenter and in 1997, the theater changed its name to American Theater Company.

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