Helmed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Amy Morton and starring Tony-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed, Guards at the Taj is now set to run through July 12 at Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater. Performances began May 20.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Joseph's newest work was awarded the 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. Drawing from ancient Indian myths, the play is set in 1648 in the city of Agra, where two imperial guards watch as the sun rises for the first time over the newly-built Taj Mahal. In what turns out to be anything but an ordinary day, the two, friends since childhood, are asked to perform an unthinkable task by the King. In the aftermath of such an event, Guards at the Taj examines the many complexities of human nature, friendship, trauma and power.
The production features scenic design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by David Weiner, original music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick and fight direction by J. David Brimmer.
Joseph's plays include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper and The North Pool, among others.
Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th St. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AtlanticTheater.org or phone (866) 811-4111.