Lortel and Obie Award winner Guards at the Taj by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph is the next play in Atlantic Theater Company’s Fall Reunion Reading Series, a free virtual reading series of plays that had their World Premieres at Atlantic Theater Company. Lortel and Obie Award winner Guards at the Taj by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph.
Tickets to the readings, which will be broadcast via Atlantic Theater Company’s YouTube channel, are free and available to reserve here, with a suggested donation of $25 per viewer.
Directed by Tony Award nominee and original director Amy Morton, the virtual reading of Guards at the Taj will reunite Tony Award nominees Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in their original Obie Award-winning roles and will be broadcast on Thursday, November 5th at 7PM, Friday, November 6th at 7PM, and Saturday, November 7th at 2PM and 7PM.
Following the weekend of performances, Atlantic Theater Company will present Live with Atlantic: Remix, a free creative conversation about the artistic process of each play. On Sunday, November 8th at 3PM, Rajiv Joseph and Amy Morton will interview each other about collaborating on Guards at the Taj, their artistic processes and careers. All live broadcasts are listed in Eastern Time and will run 60 minutes.
Guards at the Taj, which made its World Premiere during the Atlantic Theater Company 2014-2015 Season, won the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal – an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever. Guards at the Taj will feature video editing by Jaime Vallés and Kat West serves as stage manager.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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