Alum Rajiv Joseph's Plays Performed Coast to Coast
Playwright Rajiv Joseph's plays are proving popular draws across the country. His new play The Lake Effect will debut at Chicago's Silk Road in April 2013. Silk Road describes the piece: "In a depressed Cleveland neighborhood amidst a fierce winter storm, an Indian American brother and sister, long estranged, are reunited by the sudden death of their father. Enter their late father's African American confidante and gambling bookie, and a slew of family secrets get unearthed. The Lake Effect sets in motion a complicated web of relationships and conflicts that challenge our perceptions of race, gender and success."
Joseph's one-act drama, The North Pool, about a charged meeting between a public high school administrator and a Middle Eastern transfer student, opens Off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre in March 2013. It received its East Coast premier at the Barrington Stage Company in 2012, preceded by a run at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA. After its opening in Silicon Valley, Joseph's play won the prestigious Will Glickman Award.
Across the country Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is finding it's way into the regional theatre repertory, including productions at Theatre Three in Dallas, CATCo in Columbus, and the Lookingglass in Chicago. Bengal Tiger played on Broadway during the 2010-11 season (featuring Robin Williams), and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010.