March 28, 2018
College Hill, Easton, PA
“From Islam to Capitalism: A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar on the Soul of America” will cover a range of timely and relevant issues that define America today — from the place of Muslims in America to the ways Wall Street has shaped our perceptions of money, and to the enduring role of theater in American culture.
Akhtar’s play, Disgraced, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Disgraced is one of a seven-work cycle on the Muslim-American experience, and part of the Lafayette Department of Theater’s 2017–18 season.
Akhtar’s latest play is Junk: The Golden Age of Debt. Set in the eighties, it puts a corporate takeover on stage. Junk premiered on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, produced by Lincoln Center Theater.
Admission is free.
Presented by the departments of Religious Studies, Economics, Theater, English, and Anthropology & Sociology, and the Provost’s Office, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, and Intercultural Development; with generous support from the Staubi Family Theater Fund.