Guards at the Taj
GUARDS AT THE TAJ by Rajiv Joseph
March 15 – April 16, 2017
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.
ADVISORY: Performance includes the use of stage blood and graphic violence.
“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