Numerous discussion opportunities will be centered
around playwright Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning
— The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” presented
by the Milwaukee Rep, will feature special discussion sessions
during its run from Tuesday through Feb. 12.
poses an unexpected clash of cultures when a successful
Pakistani-American lawyer and his wife host a dinner party.
The play is written by Rep associate artist Ayad Akhtar and
was the most produced play nationwide in the 2015-’16
Rep’s Community Conversations Program play this season,
dialogues will be facilitated with leaders from the Zeidler
Center for Public Discussion and Intercultural Dinners
moderated by InterFaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.
Tuesday, Thursday and weekend evenings after the performance,
audience members will take part in discussions. The
Intercultural Dinners are every Monday during the show’s run
and 100 people from diverse backgrounds engage in
opening week, a conversation with the playwright will take
place before Wednesday’s show; tickets for the evening’s
show are required for entry.
panel discussions are;
“Identity Politics” — After the 4 p.m. Jan. 21
performance, moderated by Nate Imig of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
with Andy Nunemaker, CEO of Dynamic Software Cop., Richard
Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law &
Liberty, and Paula Penebaker, president and CEO at the YWCA
Politics at Dinner: How Do We Discuss Difficult Topics?” —
After the 2 p.m. Jan. 22 performance, led by arts and books
editor Jim Higgins with panelists Katherine Wilson, executive
director of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, Irfan A.
Omar, associate professor of theology at Marquette University,
Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations
Council, and Bonnie North, Lake Effect co-host at 89.7 WUWM.
Brown: The Complexities of Identity in Post-9/11 America”
— After the 4 p.m. Jan. 28 performance, moderated by Rahul
Dubey, information security analyst for Rockwell Automation
with panelists Louise Cainkar, president of the Arab American
Studies Association and a Marquette associate professor, David
Muhammad, violence prevention manager at the Milwaukee Health
Department, and Mohammad EIBsat, senior engineer at Johnson
“Identity in the Workplace” — After the 4 p.m. Feb. 4
performance — moderated by Mark Kass of the Milwaukee
Business Journal with panelists Vivian King, vice president of
Community Relations at Aurora Health Care, and Raquel
Filmanowicz, director of U.S. Community Affairs at BMO Harris
“Journeys of Self: Evolving Identities” — After the 2
p.m. Feb. 12 performance — moderated by Imig with panelists
the Rev. Marilyn Miller of The Lutheran Church of Reformation,
Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum of Congregation Shir Hadash, and Sarah
DeGeorge, executive assistant at the University of
also be talkbacks with actors from “Disgraced” on
Wednesdays after the 7:30 p.m. play, starting Jan. 25, and
after the 2 p.m. performance Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, and after the
4 p.m. Feb. 11 performance.
minutes before curtain for every performance, Austene Van, who
plays Jory in the production, will have a pre-show