Round House Theatre launches its 2012/13 season with the regional premiere of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, which runs from September 5 – 30. Jeremy Skidmore directs this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, which the Los Angeles Times called, "the most original play about the Iraq war." Opening night is Monday, September 10, 2012.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo follows the intertwined lives of a quick-witted tiger, two homesick American marines, and a troubled Iraqi gardener as they roam the streets of war-torn Baghdad in search of meaning, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold. Surreal and darkly humorous, it explores the madness of life in war as well as the power and the perils of human nature. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recent Broadway hit, Bengal Tiger delivers a haunting look at the aftermath of violence and what it means to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Round House Theatre's new Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette said, "I am thrilled to begin my tenure at Round House with Rajiv Joseph's breathtaking, thought-provoking, and very funny play about the Iraq war. Rajiv is one of the best young playwrights in America, and we have a fantastic team in place for this show, headed up by wonderful director Jeremy Skidmore. I expect that our audience will be blown away by the ferocity of Rajiv's writing."
Tickets range in price from $10 to $61 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, online at www.roundhousetheatre.org, or at Round House's box office in Bethesda. Round House Theatre Bethesda is located at 4545 East-West Highway, one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda station on Metro's Red Line.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is made possible by generous support from Bonnie & Alan Hammerschlag and Susan Gilbert & Ron Schechter.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is recommended for age 17 and above.