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Guards at the Taj

a new play by RAJIV JOSEPH
directed by AMY MORTON

Linda Gross Theater

May 20 – July 12, 2015


Atlantic welcomes celebrated playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) with the world premiere of Guards at the Taj, a bold and surprising new play directed by Tony nominee Amy Morton. The play recently won the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award and stars Tony-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed.

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In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal — an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.

Accolades

OBIE AWARD | BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY

OBIE AWARD | PERFORMANCE | ARIAN MOAYED

OBIE AWARD | PERFORMANCE | OMAR METWALLY

LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD | Outstanding Play

LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD | Outstanding Scenic Design | Timothy R. Mackabee

LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD |  Outstanding Sound Design | Rob Milburn, Michael Bodeen

LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD | Outstanding Lighting Design | David Weiner

Laurents/Hatcher Foundation AWARD | Play | Rajiv Joseph

Reviews

“Frisky, funny dialogue! Directed by Amy Morton with a rich sense of atmosphere that raises potent questions about the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty!”

the new york times

“Riveting! the most astounding brutal tableau you’ll ever see on stage! Beautifully illustrated by Metwally and Moayed who bring quiet intensity, ferocity, and unbridled emotion! You won’t be able to look away from these two actors!”

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study guide

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.

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Photos by Doug Hamilton