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Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times present “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” from October 11

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company present the Toronto premiere of a “smart, savagely funny, and visionary new work” (New York Times), BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Modern Times Artistic Director, Rouvan Silogix.

Playwright Rajiv Joseph is a two-time Obie Award winner for Best American New Play, a writer for the Netflix series Nurse Jackie, and co-screenwriter of the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman. Director Rouvan Silogix is a Pakistani-Tanzanian immigrant and award-winning theatre creator. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre ARTaud and was Crow’s Theatre Associate Artistic Director before being appointed Artistic Director of Modern Times.

This long-awaited premiere of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO comes after last season’s disappointing cancellation, on the eve of its first performance, due to a provincial lockdown order in January. Andrew Chown joins returning cast members Christopher Allen, Mahsa Ershadifar, Sara Jaffri, Ali Kazmi, Ahmed Moneka and Crow’s Theatre fan favourite Kristen Thomson (The Wedding Party and I, Claudia), as the quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad.

Pulitzer Prize short-listed, Tony Award nominated, and National Endowment for the Arts award winner for outstanding new American play, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO is a richly-conceived, darkly comic, and ferocious tale set amidst the chaos of Baghdad shortly after the invasion of Iraq. The lives of two American marines and one Iraqi gardener mysteriously intersect as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold.


Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company present
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Rouvan Silogix

With Christopher Allen (Orphans for the Czar, Crow’s Theatre; Sweat, Canadian Stage) and Andrew Chown (Shakespeare in Love, Citadel Theatre;  Vimy, Soulpepper) as the American marines; Ahmed Moneka (an immigrant from Baghdad, member of the Soulpepper Academy, and creator and leader of Moneka Arabic Jazz) as the translator; Mahsa Ershadifar (Swim Team, SummerWorks and The Theatre Centre; Winter of '88, NextStage Festival), Sara Jaffri (voice artist and member of Toronto Tabla Ensemble), Ali Kazmi (Uncle Vanya, Crow’s Theatre, Funny Boy and Beeba Boys with Deepa Mehta) and Kristen Thomson as Tiger.

Set, Props, and Lighting Designed by Lorenzo Savoini
Costumes Designed by Ming Wong
Sound Designed by John Gzowski

October 11 to November 6, 2022
Opening Night: Friday, October 14, 2022, at 7:30pm
Guloien Theatre
Performed in English and Arabic

Ticket Prices*

  • Previews $45
  • Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 $60
  • Wednesday matinees at 1:30 $50
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 $65
  • Saturday and Sunday matinee at 1:30 $60
  • Sunday Pay-What-You-Can matinee tickets available two hours prior to show time
  • Group, student, senior, arts worker, pay-what-you-can, and under-30 prices available

*All single tickets are subject to a $2.50 service fee and HST.

To Purchase Tickets
647.341.7390 ext. 1010
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