Written by Ayad Akhtar

July 5th-July 15th
Thursday 2pm & 8pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 2pm


“There’s a result to believing that a book written about life in a specific society fifteen hundred years ago is the word of God: You start wanting to recreate that society.”

A successful corporate attorney confronts the Muslim heritage he has hidden, even from himself. This Pulitzer Prize winning play explores the prickly and often painful territory of American identity. Featuring Kim Stauffer in her return to the Town Hall Theatre.

2018 Season Sponsored by Richard and Carol Seltzer
Artistic Director Sponsored by Jessica and Fred Olefson
Disgraced Sponsored by Cipora Brown and Steven Feiner


disgraced headshots photo

 *J. Paul Nicholas – Amir

 *Kim Stauffer – Emily

Abuzar Farrukh – Abe

*Jonathan Albert – Isaac

*Christina Gordon – Jory

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Playwright: Ayad Akhtar

Director: Kristen van Ginhoven

Scenic Design: Juliana von Haubrich

Costume Design: Stella Schwartz

Lighting Design: Lara Dubin

Sound Design: Tom Shread

Stage Manager: Adele Nadine Traub*


Berkshire Eagle preview article by Barbara Waldinger


Westfield News review by Mark G. Auerbach

“Disgraced is a dynamic theatrical experience.”

“Akhtar’s writing is superb, and Kristen Van Ginhoven’s direction brings out the tensions and tragedies of people trying to understand each other’s point of view.”

“Chester, once called a miniature theatre, may be small in physical size, but it’s huge in artistry and well worth the visit.”

Valley Advocate review by Chris Rohmann

“Akhtar’s fearless engagement with his subject, and Chester’s riveting production, make this one of the summer’s most stimulating shows.”

“Director Kristen van Ginhoven and a superlative cast have created an arresting rendition of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.”

The Alt review by Amy Durant

“Ayad Akhtar’s DISGRACED…is an excellent fit for Chester Theatre, where it’s clear they take their time selecting thought-provoking, intelligent work for their season.”

CurtainUp review by Gloria Miller

“Chester Theatre Company’s production of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced has successfully transplanted this powerful Pulitzer Prize winning play into its intimate setting with stunning results.”

In the Spotlight review by Mary Fernandez-Sierra

“Moving and superbly performed, Disgraced is another triumph for Chester Theatre Company.”