On the Issues: Ayad Akhtar

01/17/2019 - 16:00
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On the Issues: Ayad Akhtar
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Eckstein Hall
Access: RSVP Required
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Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Born in New York and raised in Milwaukee, Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Disgraced, a searing look at contemporary attitudes toward religion. Akhtar has a longstanding relationship with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, which will be presenting his most recent play—Junk—beginning January 18. Junk—as in junk bonds—is set in the financial world of the 1980s, a time when Akhtar says money entered our culture in a big way. As Akhtar put it in a 2017 interview with Bill Moyers, “to understand how the world is put together today… you need a deep understanding of finance.” Join us as we discuss Akhtar’s latest play and his career when he visits the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall.


Eckstein Hall
1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
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