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Brookfield native wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Ayad Ahktar (courtesy of wikicommons)
Ayad Ahktar (courtesy of wikicommons)

BROOKFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin native has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Ayad Ahktar from Brookfield was honored Monday for his play “Disgraced.” It’s the story of Pakistani-American corporate attorney who thought he lost touch with his roots, until he and his wife hosted a dinner party that generated cultural and religious tensions.

The 42-year-old Ahktar is a Pakistani-American. He published a novel last year called “American Dervish” about a Muslim youngster struggling with his identity and faith while growing up in suburban Milwaukee.

The Journal Sentinel said Ahktar was in London, holding rehearsals with a British cast for “Disgraced” when he learned that he won the Pulitzer. He said a number of good plays could have won the honor – and he was blessed to be chosen as the winner.