by Rajiv Joseph

March 15 – April 16, 2017
Sacramento Premiere
Lucille Lortel Award & Obie Award Winner

Directed by Jonathan Williams

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 concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.



“Absorbing…GUARDS AT THE TAJ raises potent questions about the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty, even when they result in architectural wonders that ultimately give pleasure to the masses.” The New York Times

“It begins almost like a comedy sketch but develops into a haunting consideration of loyalty and betrayal between friends, of duty and blind adherence to barbaric command, and of the ownership of beauty…” The Hollywood Reporter

“A feat! Most impressive of all perhaps is Joseph’s ability to balance the increasingly creepy slapstick with the hand-clasping humanity of two characters who, like it or not, are bonded as brothers.” Los Angeles Times


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"Remarkable... GUARDS AT THE TAJ is important theater. This production is the kind of experience Sacramento needs to nurture and cherish." - The Sacramento Gazette

" excellent play that will hold your attention and make an impact. You will be thinking about it long after you have left the theater." - Davis Enterprise

"Director Jonathan Williams' bravura new Capital Stage production of the 2016 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play doesn't pull any punches... Working with superb actors... Williams crafts the alternately humorous and horrific story as a bleak obvious modern allegory." - The Sacramento Bee

GUARDS AT THE TAJ by Rajiv Joseph is NOW PLAYING at Capital Stage through April 16 - Don't miss it. TICKETS: 916-995-5464,, 2215 J Street.

Photo: Mohammad Shehata* & Rajesh Bose*. Photo by Charr Crail, Extraordinary Art via Photography. *Member Actors' Equity Association.
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Upcoming Events

Sat 25

Pre-Show CapChat

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 25

Guards At The Taj

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sat 25

Guards At The Taj

March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun 26

Guards At The Taj

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun 26

Post-Show CapChat

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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