Theatre UNO Receives Early Recognition for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"

Opening performances of a Tony Award-winning play won early recognition last weekend for Theatre UNO, the University of New Orleans' award-winning theater troupe. Cast and crew received the high honors for their performance of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," written by Rajiv Joseph. The play runs again this weekend and is open to the public.

The show, which opened last weekend, runs again Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 10-14 at UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre on the Lakefront campus. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A matinee will show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Because of the mature language and themes, no one under 17 will be admitted.

Theatre UNO opens the 2014-2015 season, "a season to challenge the mind," with Rajiv Joseph's Tony Award-winning play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, directed by David W. Hoover. The 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist depicts the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator after the marines encounter and kill the eponymous tiger. As the tiger navigates the afterlife, the humans try to make sense of the horrors that confront them in the war-torn Iraqi capital.

The play is one of Theatre UNO's entries in this year's Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a year-long competition of university productions from all over the U.S. Theatre UNO learned last week that Bengal Tiger at The Baghad Zoo has been held for consideration for the KCACTF's Region Six Festival in February.

University productions from around the nation compete in KCACTF, Hoover explained. The final slate of shows will be chosen for a regional festival at a deliberation meeting in December. Region Six is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Seven shows from the six-state region will be selected.

In addition, Theatre UNO received three Irene Ryan Acting nominations from the Kennedy Center for cast members Sam Malone, John Neisler and Kyle Woods. Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival, according to the Kennedy Center communications department. The scholarships honor the late Irene Ryan who portrayed the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies. All student actors in both participating and associate productions are eligible for consideration for these $500 regional scholarships.

Hoover, who is chair of the University's award-winning film and theater department, received a Meritorious Achievement Award for directing.

Kevin Griffith received a Meritorious Achievement Award for Scenic Design.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Theatre UNO Receives Early Recognition from the Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.Theatre UNO received early recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for last weekend's performances of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," a Pulitzer-nominated, Tony Award-winning play by Rajiv Joseph. The play runs again this weekend at the Robert E. Nims Theatre on campus. Join us!

Join us!

Theatre UNO's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which opened last weekend, runs again Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 10-14 at UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre on the Lakefront campus.

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A matinee will show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

NOTE: Because of the mature language and themes, no one under 17 will be admitted.