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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

A New England Premiere by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Shawn LaCount
October 19 – November 17, 2012
The Plaza Theatre @ The Boston Center for the Arts

In war-torn Baghdad, the dead aren't quiet, in fact, they never seem to shut up! Among them stalks the ghost of a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets, looking for meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the ruins. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play ignited Broadway (starring Robin Williams) and explores the perils of human nature through bold black humor and an ethereal vision of war and after life.

A visionary new work of American Theater
- The New York Times
Daring and Magnificent
- The Los Angeles Times
Brave, Bold, and Fascinating. You can not turn away.
- The Associated Press


Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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  • Rajiv Joseph
  • Shawn LaCount
  • Corianna Moffat
    Assistant Director
  • Danny Balel
    Assistant to the Director
  • Molly Burman
    Production Stage Manager
  • Julie Marie Langevin
    1st Assistant Stage Manager
  • Frances Swanson
    2nd Assistant Stage Manager
  • Dahlia Al-Habieli
    Set Designer
  • Jen Rock
    Lighting Designer
  • Edward Young
    Sound Designer
  • Lara de Bruijn
    Costume Designer
  • Rebecca David
    Properties Designer
  • Lauren Duffy
    Special Effects Designer
  • Liz Hayes
    Dialect Coach
  • Ilana M. Brownstein
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Production Manager
  • Brooke Scibelli
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Tala Khudairi
    Language Tutor
  • Meron Langsner
    Fight Choreographer
  • Angel Veza
    Assistant Fight Choreographer
  • Johnnie McQuarley
    Military Coach
  • Adam Clark
    Master Electrician
  • Brian Hoefling
    Sound Board Op
  • Ian Headley
    Sound Engineer
  • Cara Pacifico
    Costume Assistant

  • Hallie Friedman

  • Mason Sand

  • Michael Dwan Singh

  • Michael Knowlton

  • Raymond Ramirez

  • Rick Park

  • Salma Milia

  • Rajiv Joseph
    RAJIV JOSEPH's play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, played on Broadway last year, starring Robin Williams. His other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, The North Pool, The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), All This Intimacy and Huck & Holden. Rajiv has been awarded a United States Artists Grant and the Whiting Award. He has written for the Showtime award-winning series, Nurse Jackie. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

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December 31, 1969
The High of the "Tiger" by Nick Dussaul, The Boston Metro

November 1, 2012

December 31, 1969

October 28, 2012
Tiger! Tiger! War’s A Fright by Ed Siegel, WBUR

October 24, 2012
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" by Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

October 23, 2012
Facing mortality in ‘Bengal Tiger’ by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

October 22, 2012

October 21, 2012
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Hungry for Human Foibles by Gillian Daniels, The New England Theatre Geek