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Austin Playhouse's Disgraced
Ayad Akhtar's drama delivers a raw, powerful conversation about race without the usual distractions
Arts Review  January 21, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Important topics like race, privilege, religion, etc., are frequently derailed by assumptions about who owns the conversation and through which lens we should be viewing the topic, until the original debate is no longer as important as our style of argument. With his 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced, now gracing the Austin Playhouse stage, playwright Ayad Akhtar perfectly frames his narrative to filter out such distractions, leaving us with a conversation so raw and powerful that we are forced to consider why we allow ourselves these distractions at all...."

The War Within
This fiction film, in which the lead character is but one cog in a plot to detonate a series of bombs in New York City, portrays a terrorist’s point of view in a jarringly matter-of-fact manner.
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Film Review  October 14, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Joseph Castelo. Starring: Ayad Akhtar, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen, Sarita Choudhury, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Ajay Naidu, John Ventimiglia and Varun Sriram..."

Exploring the "Other"
Ben Wolfe on the risks of going native in The Explorers Club
DAILY Arts  April 20, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...AC: You also played Amir in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced this season. How do you feel about the contrast in such an important character, in terms of theatrical racial discussion, and this character?..."

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced
Adam Johnson's 'The Orphan Master's Son' wins fiction award
DAILY Books  April 15, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Drama: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar..."

Texas Book Festival Lineup Revealed
Attendees include Junot Díaz, Cheryl Strayed, and... Tony Danza?
DAILY Books  September 12, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...David Abrams (Fobbit) Hipolito Acosta (The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico’s Deadly Crime Cartels) Bruce Aidells (The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today’s Meat) Ayad Akhtar (America Dervish) Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan)** Gustavo Arellano (Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America) Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins) Avi (Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution)** Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities) Bob Balaban (The Creature From the Seventh Grade)** Rosecrans Baldwin (Paris I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down) Mac Barnett (The Case of the Mistaken Identity)** Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News)** Steven Barthelme (Hush Hush: Stories) Lou Berney (Whiplash River: A Novel) Andrew Blackwell (Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places) Matt Bondurant (The Night Swimmer) Brain Quest (Brain Quest)** H.W..."

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