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Apr 25 – Jun 4, 2017

Mark Taper Forum

World Premiere

Archduke is the astonishing new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this World premiere, Center Theatre Group commission that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand—a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity, and with Joseph’s signature dark humor, Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: how (and when) does a century define itself?

'Archduke' Trivia Nights

Center Theatre Group is partnering with Geeks Who Drink for two free nights of trivia featuring a custom Archduke-themed round! Bring friends, form a team, and play a pub quiz for a chance to win tickets to Archduke, restaurant gift certificates, and other prizes. Two opportunities to play:

The Blind Donkey, Pasadena
Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Hamburger Mary’s, West Hollywood
Monday, May 1 at 7:30pm

You're Invited to 'Archduke' Community Conversations

Center Theatre Group invites you to attend 90-minute pre-show engagement experiences on selected nights that feature local thought-leaders in dialogue about the context, issues and ideas finding voice on our stages.

The Mind of a Young Radical
May 13 at 5:30–7:30pm
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What Makes a Man?
May 24, 2017 at 6–7:30pm
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Join us for Taper & Tonic

Stick around after the evening performance on May 3 at 8pm for a tasting of a signature spirit at the Taper, sponsored by L.A. Weekly.

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By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

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