Middle East Studies

Call for Auditions: 'A Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo'

February 21, 2017

Please see below for informations from Brown Theater Arts & Performance Studies:

Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo

The story of two marines and an Iraqi interpreter whose paths intersect at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. This play by Rajiv Joseph is a thrilling surrealist exploration of the human psyche that fearlessly tackles the "larger-than life." Director, Cameron Neath, is a junior Theatre Arts concentrator at Brown University and hopes to approach Bengal Tiger as an investigation into an important perspective on war that American politicians and citizens alike have systematically neglected.

If this sounds exciting to you, if you see yourself in this story, or if you just want a chance to interrogate a misanthropic ghost tiger COME AUDITION on March 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Callbacks will be Sunday, March 5th. Please read the play prior to your audition and come ready to discuss. You may prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a contemporary published play, or you can email the stage manager (email below) for sides if that is your preference -- we'll be excited to see either! Rehearsals will be in Providence and will begin April 24th (preceded by three weekends of table work in March and April, dates TBA). Performance dates are May 19th-21st at AS220 in Providence.

This production will be a collaboration between students, professionals, and community members. Anyone in the Providence and Boston communities is welcome to audition for any role, regardless of age, race/ethnicity, nationality, ability, religious background, military status, or performance experience. We are specifically looking to cast Arabic speaking actors, as well as actors who personally or intimately connect to the narrative(s) of the text. Please email Lucas at lucas_smolcic_larson@brown.edu with absolutely any questions or if anything is unclear, and for and a copy of the script with a complete character breakdown.

Sign-up for an audition slot here

(Facebook event for auditions)


Character List

Male, 40-60, any ethnicity
Big; Older, scrappier, past his prime, yet still tough; his language is loose, casual; his profanity is second nature

Male, 25-30, American - any ethnicity
Older and wiser than Kev, unsmiling, tough

Male, 20-25, American - any ethnicity
Eager, naïve, reckless

Male, 30-35, Iraqi
Inquisitive, adaptable; a survivor

Female, 30-40, Iraqi

Male, 30-40, Iraqi
Uday is a ostentatious and vindictive sadist.

Female, 15-20, Iraqi
The picture of the future, if it were bright and hopeful