The most original drama written so far about the Iraq war. Moisés Kaufman’s direction allows us to appreciate Joseph’s wonderful comic audacity and diffuse sensibility. Vibrant staging and aversatile cast.”
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times - more online
“The writing is beautiful, the acting is strong and moving, the pacing is taut and thrilling…”
- Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter- more online
GO “…Quite Magnificent.”
- Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly - more online
Two homesick American soldiers, a tormented Iraqi, and a displaced tiger collide on the streets of Baghdad in this arresting world premiere drama set against the backdrop of the Iraq War. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is an eerily surreal and darkly humorous play about the madness of life in war and what it means to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Directed by Moisés Kaufman, Tony Award nominee for 33 Variations and director of I Am My Own Wife (Tony nominee) and Gross Indecency, this riveting new play vibrates with lyricism and delivers a haunting, yet cathartic, look at the aftermath of violence.
LOS ANGELES TIMES FEATURE ARTICLE
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If globalization tears down cultural walls the way it has economic barriers, Arian Moayed may be a star of the future. The New York-based actor plays an Iraqi translator in Rajiv Joseph's acclaimed new play, "Bengal Tiger…. more online at latimes.com
More About the Show
Click here to watch audiences, cast and crew celebrate the opening night of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo directed by Moisés Kaufman. Watch reaction from attendees including Ken Davitian (Borat), Camryn Manheim (The Practice) and John Eisner, Producing Director of the Lark Play Development Center.
Click here to watch clips from Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Click here to watch Tony-nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman and playwright Rajiv Joseph discuss the world premiere of Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, beginning previews at the Kirk Douglas Theatre on May 10.
In these exclusive interviews, Kaufman and Joseph talk about the origins of this haunting and darkly humorous new work.
Eat, Drink and Be Social!
Our newly remodeled Lounge opens one hour before show time, serving drinks and eats from Culver City's newest culinary star, Ugo ~ An Italian Cafe. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, step into the Lounge after the show to hear our resident DJ's spin the coolest grooves and join the cast and crew for cocktails and conversation. When the applause dies down, your night continues at Culver City's newest late-night spot.