“Being Muslim these days is like being public enemy number one,” says actor Usman Ally. “Our voices are not being heard.”“In a way, it’s a dangerous play,” he says of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which had its world premiere at American Theater Company last month.
Some theater folk hold that 90% of the work of a really good director is casting the show. Certainly, there are times when the quality of the talent on stage is such that a gifted director simply gets out of the way and makes him/herself invisible. But not always.
Last weekend, Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts took in a show: his own Bug at tiny Redtwist Theatre. “He loved it,” says Jacqueline Grandt, who plays sleazy, tough-talking waitress Agnes. “He was very kind to all of us, the whole cast.
1. The 2011 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards (Jeff Awards) have been announced, with repeat wins by Cabaret by The Hypocrites, The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen by The Strange Tree Group,and Cats at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.