Who's Who in EPOCH's ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’
Get to know the cast of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo!
(Honolulu, HI)—Empowering People of Color Hawai‘i (EPOCH) co-directors Maseeh Ganjali and Edo Natasha have an excellent and diverse cast for the second show of the company's inaugural season, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Chosen as a 2008 Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts, this play explores sin, friendship, the meaning of life and death, and post-traumatic stress disorder through ghostly metaphors set against the Iraq War (2003-2011).
Saul Rollason as TIGER
Tiger is scrappy, ragged, tired but still frightening and dangerous. Underneath the ruff exterior, there is a deep sadness and a satirical wit and humor.
Javonta Light as KEV
A soldier. Juvenile and naive, somewhat psychologically fragile, Kev goes on a haunted journey of enlightenment.
Reb Allen as TOM
A soldier. Older and wiser than Kev. Business-minded opportunist. Bitter.
Maseeh Ganjali as MUSA
Former Iraqi gardener, turned war translator. Innately humble, honest, with a kind spirit.
Dezmond Gilla as UDAY HUSSEIN/MAN
Son of Saddam. Cocky & heartless. Also plays an Iraqi Man, whose home is invaded by American soldiers.
Zina Torab Zadeh as WOMAN/LEPER WOMAN
A frightened woman whose home is invaded by American soldiers. Also plays an old woman from a leper colony south of Baghdad.
Sienna Aczon as HADIA/GIRL
Hadia is Musa’s innocent younger sister. Also plays a girl who is a young prostitute.
“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.” -- Dramatists Play Service
For more information please contact EPOCH production manager Lanaly Cabalo at firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 643-2393.
Nov. 10, 11, 12, and 17, 18, 19, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 4:00pm
· The show contains adult themes and situations, violence, and profanity.
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