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.
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.
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
Cast & Creative
“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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Photos by Doug Hamilton