By Emily Rome
Updated April 15, 2013 at 09:14 PM EDT
Erin Baiano

This year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, announced Monday along with other winners for the highly prestigious writing awards, is the play Disgraced, which opened at Chicago’s American Theater Company in January 2012.

The Pulitzer for drama honors “a distinguished play by an American author, preferably in original in its source and dealing with American life.” Disgraced, which centers on a dinner party gone wrong, moved to New York’s Lincoln Center Theater after its initial run in Chicago. Set to have its London premiere next month, the American production starred Indian-American actor Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) as Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots.

The playwright, Ayad Akhtar, was born on Staten Island to Pakistani parents. His past honored work includes 2005 film The War Within, which earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

Other finalists in the Pulitzer drama category this year were Off Broadway drama Rapture, Blister, Burn and 4000 Miles, which Time magazine declared the No. 1 play of 2012.

For the list of winners in the Pulitzer book categories, click here, and visit the Pulitzer Prize website for a full list of recipients.

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