Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tech Theatre Company to perform "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" Oct. 15-17 and 22-24 in McArdle Theater

Poster for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo courtesy Michigan Tech University.

HOUGHTON --  Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a play by Rajiv Joseph, explores how the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins.

The play will be performed by the Tech Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 15-17 and Oct. 22-24 in the McArdle Theater (second floor of Walker Humanities building) on the Michigan Tech campus.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo examines both the power and the perils of human nature.

The New York Times writes, "Set in the chaotic first days of the American invasion of Iraq, this boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama considers the long afterlife of violent acts, as well as the impenetrable mysteries of the afterlife itself."

According to Director Roger Held, "While depicting a devastatingly cruel and venal world [the tiger] offers hope of redemption and meaningful life after a history of complacency and compliance. What we must do is not easy; we must find and risk being ourselves…"

Tickets for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo are on sale now: $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the McArdle Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the McArdle Box Office only opens one hour prior to performances.

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