Cast Announced for Rajiv Joseph's The North Pool at Off-Broadway's Vineyard
17 Jan 2013
Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti will appear in the New York City premiere of Rajiv Joseph's The North Pool, a drama about tension between a high school principal and a Middle-Eastern-born transfer student.
Previews begin Feb. 14 toward an opening on March 6. Performances play to March 24.
According to the Vineyard, "In the psychological drama The North Pool, a high school principal and a Middle-Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences."
Turner (playing Dr. Danielson) appeared Off-Broadway in the Keen Company's Benefactors and Classic Stage Company's Race. Tafti (playing Khadim Asmaan) is making his Off-Broadway debut. His regional credits include Scorched (A.C.T.), Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse) and the world premiere of The North Pool at Barrington Stage. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Playwright Joseph was the recipient of Vineyard's 2008 Paula Vogel Award for emerging playwrights. His play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, played on Broadway in 2011, starring Robin Williams. His other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuired, Animals Out of Paper, The Leopard and the Fox, All This Intimacy and Huck & Holden. He has written for the Showtime award-winning series, "Nurse Jackie." 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.