Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
May 2nd-May 26th
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Felicia Freitas
2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
“The fact is, tigers are atheists. All of us. Unabashed. So why am I still kicking around? Why me? Why here?…When an atheist suddenly finds himself walking around after death, he has got some serious reevaluating to do!”
A tiger in the war-ravaged Baghdad Zoo is being guarded by two young soldiers: the steady, opportunistic Tom, and the brash, ready-for-action Kev. When the introduction of Uday Hussein’s gold-plated gun, a war trophy stolen by Tom, leads to the Tiger’s death, the ghost of the tiger remains to lead the audience through an existential journey in the streets of Baghdad among the ghosts of war both living and dead.
Known for Robin Williams’ tour de force performance as the tiger on Broadway in 2011 and as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a deeply spiritual comedy/drama about the nature of man and God in war.