Guess who’s coming to dinner? Race relations.


Photo: Little, Brown

A staged reading of the Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced is the latest example of The Office of the Arts’ effort to showcase stories with many perspectives. 

The last event of playwright Ayad Akhtar’s senior artist residency at Emerson, the piece focuses on a Pakistani-American lawyer and his Caucasian wife who host a dinner party for their friends. While it starts friendly enough, things get dicey as race relations are put in a microcosm. 

David Dower, ArtsEmerson’s director of artistic programs, says the college’s goal is to reflect the ever-growing diversity of Boston. 

“This is the reality of our city now,” said Dower. “It’s important we’re putting the world on stage on purpose.”