"Disgraced" production shot

Saw the first preview of “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar at Mirvish in Toronto (not the one pictured) last weekend, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize drama about race, politics, and religion. At the Talkback with the company afterwards, I asked if colour blind and gender blind casting was a chief way to continue the conversation about diversity in theatre. For this play, ethnicity seems like it cannot be ignored (Jewish, African American, WASP, and Muslim identities are the focus of the play). Cast member Michael Rubenfeld made it clear he was not a fan of colour blind casting. “We are different from one another, we look different, we worship differently,” he argued. He’d rather have the more difficult conversation engendered by scripts like “Disgraced”.

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