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October 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph have been named the winners of the 6th Annual Steinberg Playwright Award, an annual theater honor organized by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 18, are intended to recognize young and mid-career playwrights. The winners receive a monetary prize of $50,000 each.  Baker, whose play "Circle Mirror Transformation" had its local debut at South Coast Repertory in 2011, presented her most recent play, "The Flick," at the off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in March.
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October 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph have been named the winners of the 6th Annual Steinberg Playwright Award, an annual theater honor organized by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 18, are intended to recognize young and mid-career playwrights. The winners receive a monetary prize of $50,000 each.  Baker, whose play "Circle Mirror Transformation" had its local debut at South Coast Repertory in 2011, presented her most recent play, "The Flick," at the off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in March.
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May 19, 2009 | Charles McNulty, THEATER CRITIC
Two U.S. soldiers out of their depths in war-torn Baghdad, an Iraqi topiary artist-turned-translator for the coalition forces, the ghost of Uday Hussein (toting the decapitated head of his brother Qusay), a teenage prostitute wearing a disco head scarf, a friendly leper whose colony has been reduced to rubble, and a big cat that becomes a kind of moral philosopher after it's shot for biting the American hand that's trying to feed it. No, it's not your ordinary dramatis personae, but then Rajiv Joseph's "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which had its world premiere Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is no ordinary play.
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December 18, 2012 | By David Ng
Rajiv Joseph is currently making quite an impression in Hollywood with his screenplay "Draft Day," written with Scott Rothman. The football comedy is ranked No. 1 on this year's Black List, the movie industry's informal ranking of the most popular unproduced screenplays. Joseph might be a fresh face in Hollywood, but he has already made a name for himself in the theater world, where his plays have garnered praise for their intelligence, topicality and sense of humor. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist two years ago for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which ran at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and later at the Mark Taper Forum before transferring to Broadway.  His other plays include "Huck and Holden," "Gruesome Playground Injuries" and "The North Pool.
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December 18, 2012 | By David Ng
Rajiv Joseph is currently making quite an impression in Hollywood with his screenplay "Draft Day," written with Scott Rothman. The football comedy is ranked No. 1 on this year's Black List, the movie industry's informal ranking of the most popular unproduced screenplays. Joseph might be a fresh face in Hollywood, but he has already made a name for himself in the theater world, where his plays have garnered praise for their intelligence, topicality and sense of humor. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist two years ago for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which ran at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and later at the Mark Taper Forum before transferring to Broadway.  His other plays include "Huck and Holden," "Gruesome Playground Injuries" and "The North Pool.
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May 16, 2009 | David Ng
It was a tiny article in the back of a newspaper that first caught the attention of playwright Rajiv Joseph. An American soldier stationed in Baghdad reportedly killed a Bengal tiger at the local zoo after the animal maimed a colleague who was trying to feed it. The tiger had bitten off the man's finger and then clawed his arm before the soldier shot it dead, according to the zoo manager.
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October 28, 2008 | Mike Boehm
Center Theatre Group has bagged another national grant, this one for $90,000 under a new initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Play Development Program. It will go toward next spring's production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," May 17-June 7 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. CTG's advance description of the play by Rajiv Joseph promises an "eerily surreal" and "darkly humorous" account of life during wartime, set during the Iraq war, with two homesick GIs, a tormented Iraqi and an uncaged tiger as protagonists.
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October 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Ten emerging writers, their home countries ranging from Vietnam to the United States, have received prizes of $50,000 each. The Whiting Writers' Awards, given annually for "exceptional talent and promise in early career," were announced Wednesday. The recipients included fiction writer Vu Tran, born in Vietnam and now living in Las Vegas, and poet Jay Hopler, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Tampa, Fla. Other winners were poets Jericho Brown and Joan Kane, playwright Rajiv Joseph (whose "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" made such an impact in L.A.)
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December 28, 2008 | Charles McNulty
MARIN IRELAND ADEPT AT THE RISIBLE OR THE RADICAL Ethereal yet grounded, actor Marin Ireland is magnetically attracted to theatrical projects that are at once ineffably abstract and vulnerably flesh and blood. Patrons of South Coast Repertory had the chance to experience her eccentric comic side last spring in Richard Greenberg's "The Injured Party." But she's revealed rawer nerve endings in darkly radical plays by Caryl Churchill ("Far Away") and Sarah Kane ("4:48 Psychosis" and in this fall's critically acclaimed New York premiere of "Blasted."
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April 21, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Tighe doesn't mention "Emergency!" in his biography in the program for the Mark Taper Forum's production of the acclaimed dark comedy "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo." The 65-year-old actor originated the title role in Rajiv Joseph's audacious, Iraqi War-themed play when it premiered last year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Currently in previews at the Taper with the original cast, the Pulitzer Prize finalist officially opens April 25 and continues through May 30. So is Tighe embarrassed over his starring role as L.A. fireman-paramedic Roy DeSoto in the 1972-77 series from producer Jack Webb that also starred Randolph Mantooth as his partner, along with singer Julie London and her husband, "Route 66" composer Bobby Troup.
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May 19, 2009 | Charles McNulty, THEATER CRITIC
Two U.S. soldiers out of their depths in war-torn Baghdad, an Iraqi topiary artist-turned-translator for the coalition forces, the ghost of Uday Hussein (toting the decapitated head of his brother Qusay), a teenage prostitute wearing a disco head scarf, a friendly leper whose colony has been reduced to rubble, and a big cat that becomes a kind of moral philosopher after it's shot for biting the American hand that's trying to feed it. No, it's not your ordinary dramatis personae, but then Rajiv Joseph's "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which had its world premiere Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is no ordinary play.
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May 16, 2009 | David Ng
It was a tiny article in the back of a newspaper that first caught the attention of playwright Rajiv Joseph. An American soldier stationed in Baghdad reportedly killed a Bengal tiger at the local zoo after the animal maimed a colleague who was trying to feed it. The tiger had bitten off the man's finger and then clawed his arm before the soldier shot it dead, according to the zoo manager.
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October 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Four playwrights are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Writers' Awards, which honors writers in various fields. The playwrights are Danai Gurira and Meg Miroshnik, both of whom reside in Los Angeles, and Samuel D. Hunter and Mona Mansour, who reside in New York. Each recipient receives $50,000. The awards, handed out since 1985, are organized by the Whiting Foundation and are intended to recognize writers who have yet to achieve prominence in their fields. This year's winners includes poets Ciaran Berry and Atsuro Riley; fiction writers Alan Heathcock, Hanna Pylväinen and Anthony Marra; and nonfiction writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
New dramas by award-winning New York playwrights Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck and Rajiv Joseph will be part of the 2014 Pacific Playwrights Festival, scheduled for April 25 to 27 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. This year's festival will feature three fully staged productions plus four readings of new plays. The staged productions will include Rapp's new play, "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois," about a reclusive, troubled man; the previously announced "Rest," by Samuel Hunter, whose play "The Whale" was produced last year at South Coast Repertory; and "Five Mile Lake" by Rachel Bonds.
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