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Rajiv Joseph

RAJIV JOSEPH

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  represented by Seth Glewen

Rajiv Joseph's play Bengal tiger at the Baghdad Zoo has been awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Rajiv's New York productions include Animals Out Of Paper (Second Stage Theatre, summer 2008), the leopard and the Fox (alter ego, fall 2007), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006), and all This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre, 2006). In Los Angeles Huck & Holden was produced by the Black Dahlia Theatre in 2006. Through the Lark Play Development Center, Rajiv has travelled to Mexico and Romania, where Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was translated into Spanish and Romanian, respectively, and performed in staged readings. Rajiv has been awarded the Paula Vogel award by the Vineyard Theatre and the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship. Rajiv is a Founding Member of the New York based Theatre company the Fire Department and was a contributing writer on their first two theatrical events, speakeasy and at war: American playwrights respond to the war in Iraq. He is a former Lark Playwriting Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and he is currently a Language Lecturer at NYU with the School of art and Public Policy and the expository Writing Program. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa

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below is a list of Rajiv Joseph's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        All This Intimacy         Animals Out Of Paper         Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo         Gruesome Playground Injuries         Huck And Holden         Lake Effect, The         Leopard And the Fox, The         North Pool



All This Intimacy

Synopsis:
Ty Greene is a normal guy with three very big problems. In an unprecedented (for him' run of promiscuity, Ty has managed to impregnate three women in the span of one week: His ex-girlfriend, his 40-something married next-door neighbor, and his 18 year-old student. In this edgy comedy by playwright Rajiv Joseph, Ty's problems illuminate every triumph and failure of his life, and as the women in his world converge and figure out what's happened, Ty realizes that his life is adrift, and that he only has a limited time to try to piece it back together. all This Intimacy, which according to the New York Times has 'a certain can't-look-away pull,' is a comedy about friendship and lust and how the two don't mix.

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Comedy/Drama

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Animals Out Of Paper

Animals Out Of Paper
When a world renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she finds that life and love can't be neatly arranged in this Drama about finding the perfect fold
- press release

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part of Second Stage's Upstairs Series

1st Produced:
McGinn Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway, 4th floor, New York, NY 10024    2008

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Second Stage Theatre

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY (2009)   978-1593762940

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Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo

Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo
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 citys ruins. Rajiv Josephs groundbreaking play explores both the power and the perils of human nature

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Lark Play Development Center

1st Published:
Gruesome Playground Injuries & Other Plays, Soft Skull Press, 11/2010    978-1593762940

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comedic Drama Comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

Gruesome Playground Injuries
Two eight-year-olds' lives collide in the nurse's office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can't stop throwing up. as they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. these two rebels may only be fit for one another. But how far can one person go to heal another's wounds?
- www.theatreindc.com

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Gruesome Playground Injuries & Other Plays, Soft Skull Press, 11/2010    978-1593762940

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90 min Play/Drama

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Huck And Holden

Synopsis:
Receiving rave reviews for both its New York and Los Angeles productions, Rajiv Joseph's Huck & Holden tells the story of Navin, an Indian college student who's fresh off the boat and trying to remain focused on his studies while the temptations of America and college life start beating down his door. When Navin falls for Michelle, a young African-American woman, he finds that his perceptions of the world begin to expand- and crumble. Called '&a comingof-age story with comedy, pathos, and a distinct emotional core,' by offoffline.com, Huck & Holden is a romantic comedy that wrestles with cultural stereotypes, racism, the Kama Sutra, the Catcher in the Rye, and how losing our innocence doesn't always make us wiser.

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Cherry Lane Theatre

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Genre:
Romantic Comedy Comedy

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Lake Effect, The

Synopsis:
Vijay's Father is dying. Vijay is at his father's restaurant going through the books and is surprised to discover that his Father is on the verge of bankruptcy. A man comes into the restaurant and demands a meal. Vijay tells him the restaurant is closed - but the man refuses to leave

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Pierce Hall, Chicago    04 May 2013

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Drama

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Leopard And the Fox, The

Synopsis:
the Leopard and the Fox is a political Drama that follows the last days of Zulfiqar ali Bhutto, Pakistan's first popularly elected Prime Minister, betrayed by his closest confidante, his army chief General Zia ul Haq, who imprisoned and then executed Bhutto in 1979, installing himself as the President at the behest of the U.S. the adaptation contextualizes these historical events with Pakistan's rapidly changing political landscape
- press release

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from the book by Tariq Ali

1st Produced:
TBG Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018    2007

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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North Pool

Synopsis:
Syrian born Khadim is called into the High School principal's office. He is caught up in a web of lies about his absences from school

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Dramatists Play service, Inc   978-0-8222-2932-2

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