We are Josh Radnor and Ayad Akhtar (actor and playwright, respectively) together to discuss the play DISGRACED as well as many other things. AUA.
Hey, I'm Josh.
I've acted in a bunch of stuff, including a TV show a lot of people know. I have written and directed two movies, and am currently starring on Broadway alongside Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, and Hari Dhillon in the Pulitzer-prize winning play DISGRACED, by Ayad Akhtar (who is joining me for this AMA today). You can read more about the production here as well as get tickets (the show runs through March 1st, for those of you who are inclined to go).
A little bit about me (Ayad): Hi, I'm Ayad. I wrote DISGRACED and some other things. I'm a big fan of Josh.
(Josh says) Ayad also wrote a beautiful novel called AMERICAN DERVISH which is how I discovered his writing. If anyone's looking for a great novel to read, I highly recommend it. And he had 2 other plays in New York this past season - THE WHO AND THE WHAT and THE INVISIBLE HAND, both of which are fantastic.
(Ayad says) It's a dream come true for Josh to be playing Isaac in DISGRACED. I'm a big fan of all he does, and all he will be doing.
We're just going to be complimenting each other for the next hour and a half.
Victoria's helping out Josh in New York. Ayad is in Wyoming.
Go ahead and AUA!
Update: I don't say this enough, but it really means a lot to me to hear from people who are inspired and affected by HIMYM and the movies I've directed. Hope to keep making stuff. And hope you'll keep watching it. And if you can't see DISGRACED, read any of Ayad's plays and again- his novel AMERICAN DERVISH is really special and wonderful.