Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph, Playwright

Photo by Lynn Lane

Representative Plays: 

Describe the Night (2017)
Guards at the Taj (2015)
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2010)


Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. His play Guards at the Taj was a 2016 Obie Winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Play. His play Archduke, received its World Premiere this spring at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool, Guards at The Taj, Mr. Wolf, and Describe the Night. Rajiv has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Source: Concord Theatricals 


Guards at the Taj at La Jolla Playhouse

Resources found in the UC Berkeley Library Database:

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Gruesome Playground Injuries (Full Text)  

Guards at the Taj (Full Text)