Describe the Night
Written by RAJIV JOSEPH
Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI
Linda Gross Theater
November 11 – December 24, 2017
Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play by Rajiv Joseph (Atlantic’s Guards at the Taj, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.
OBIE AWARD | BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY | RAJIV JOSEPH
Cast & Creative
“Describe the Night is that rare must-see in the theater! With theatrical derring-do, Rajiv peppers his narrative with jaw-dropping coincidences, truth-telling serums, misidentified children, physical seizures & infidelities.”
Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“Rajiv Joseph has and ear for the heartbeat of the moment. Describe the Night is a fascinating new play about stories, one that begins in historical fact and spins outward, like a fractal pattern with the truth as its seed but something grander than plain truth in its proliferation.The filmmaker Werner Herzog might call it ‘ecstatic truth.’”
Sara Holdren, Vulture/New York Magazine
Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.
Photos by Ahron R. Foster.