Mar 192017
 

 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S PRODUCTION OF “ARCHDUKE” AT
THE MARK TAPER FORUM APRIL 25 THROUGH JUNE 4, 2017

 

Pulitzer-Finalist Rajiv Joseph Returns to the Taper with the World Premiere of His New Play Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the world premiere of “Archduke” by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Archduke” begins previews April 25, opens May 7 and continues through June 4, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Josiah Bania, Stephanie McVay, Ramiz Monsef, Patrick Page, Stephen Stocking and Todd Weeks.
The creative team includes scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Denitsa Bliznakova, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, music and sound by Daniel Kluger and casting by Telsey + Company.

“Archduke” follows the unlikely path to terrorism as three strangers, already struggling to get by, receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose in Belgrade, 1914, makes them the perfect recruits for a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism.

“Archduke” explores the short journey from individual hardship to public harm as personal desperation is cultivated into an act with international significance and a few average men spark World War I.

Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009 before moving to the Taper in 2010 and Broadway in 2011. “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was named a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s play “Guards at the Taj” was a 2016 Obie winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel winner for Best Play. His other plays include “The North Pool,” “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” “Animals Out of Paper” and “The Lake Effect.” His plays have been translated and produced worldwide.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets to “Archduke” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Center Theatre Group box office. Tickets range from $25 – $95 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

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Jan 282017
 
“Archduke” author Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph, whose play “Archduke” will have its world premiere in Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2017-2018 season at the Los Angeles Music Center. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Archduke” will play April 25 through June 4, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Rohit Chandra.

“Archduke” By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

World Premiere

Written by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Guards at the Taj”), “Archduke” follows the unlikely path to terrorism as three strangers, already struggling to get by, receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose in Belgrade, 1914, makes them the perfect recruits for a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. “Archduke” explores the short journey from individual hardship to public harm as personal desperation is cultivated into an act with international significance and a few average men spark World War I.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin April 25. Opens May 7. Through June 4, 2017.*

Previews (April 25 – May 6):
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Exceptions: Added 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 30 and 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 6; No Monday performances.

Opens Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (May 9 – June 4):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No public performances May 9 and 10 (student matinees only);
No Monday performances.