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Animals Out of Paper Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can't be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold.

"Mr. Joseph's observant, pitch-perfect script…is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly…with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness of hope." —NY Times. "Whether they end poorly or well, relationships always leave a mark, like a new memory, etching a groove into our brains. That's a familiar idea, but Rajiv Joseph makes it feel fresh. In ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER, he begins with a quirky comedy and transforms it into a melancholy reminder that close friends make the worst messes. His journey from one extreme to the other…is surprising and specific, pulling honest insights out of unusual situations." —Variety. "…an exhilarating way to examine the tough subjects of loss, pain, and the balm of creativity…In this wise and richly layered work, the practice of origami…operates as a metaphor for numerous thing—from crafting a meaningful life out of positive and negative components to Joseph's snazzily extruding art out of raw, often corrosive ideas." —TheaterMania.com. "You'll find plenty to educate and charm you in Rajiv Joseph's delicately explosive new play ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER…sharp-edged exploration…searingly simple, but richly satisfying, drama." —Talkin' Broadway.   

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Drama 7 (5m, 2f) View Details Compare
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The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city's ruins. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.

"Set in the chaotic first days of the American invasion of Iraq, this boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama considers the long afterlife of violent acts, as well as the impenetrable mysteries of the afterlife itself." —NY Times. "Joseph's metaphoric inventiveness is magnificently displayed throughout, and the kaleidoscope of figures and images bespeaks a purely theatrical imagination." —LA Times. "Tragic yet darkly comic and highly imaginative…Joseph has created a theatrical landscape that is totally different from the harrowing war reports to which the nightly news has accustomed us." —CurtainUp. "The bottom line: Dark and disturbing but also corrosively funny, Rajiv Joseph's play set during the early days of the Iraq War is an exotic original." —Hollywood Reporter.  

Gruesome Playground Injuries Comedy/Satire; Drama 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

"Up-and-coming dramatist Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent." —NY Times. "Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph's most satisfying work." —NY Daily News. "This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play's bizarre events." —Variety. "Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing." —Washington Post.

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