Thursday, February 19, 2015

Encore Presentation! Theatre UNO Receives NOTA Grant, Performs Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Rivertown Theater

Theatre UNO performs Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Rivertown Theatre, courtesy of a grant from the New Orleans Theatre AssociationTheatre UNO performs Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Saturday at Rivertown Theatre, courtesy of a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association. All are welcome to attend the free show.

Thanks to an $8,000 grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association, the University of New Orleans’ award-winning theatre program Theatre UNO this weekend offers a special encore presentation of its acclaimed production of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

"We are so grateful to the New Orleans Theatre Association for its continued generous support," said David W. Hoover, chair of the UNO Film and Theater Department.  "The opportunity to perform at Rivertown Theatre is an outstanding one for our students, especially as we head into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competition next week."

Join Us!

A special one-time performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at the Rivertown Theater’s Lagniappe stage in Kenner. All are welcome. The performance is free, but guests must call the box office to reserve a ticket.

For your free tickets, call the University of New Orleans Film and Theatre Box Office at 504-280-7469and leave your name and the number of tickets you wish to reserve.

All tickets will be “will call” at the Rivertown Theater on the night of the play.

Theatre UNO first performed Bengal Tiger, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee first appeared on UNO Robert E. Nims Theatre stage in October 2014. A special one-time performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at the Rivertown Theater’s Lagniappe stage in Kenner. All are welcome. The performance is free, but guests must call the box office to reserve a ticket.

UNO's Saturday performance of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Rivertown is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA). In September 2013, the theatre association generously bestowed a $60,000 donation to help establish an endowed professorship in the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans. The gift is the largest single grant in NOTA's nearly 30-year history.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo tracks 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 wartorn Iraqi capital. Because of the mature language and themes, no one under 17 will be admitted.

The show is directed by David W. Hoover and features the original cast: John Neisler, Muhammad Farooq, Sam Malone, Kyle Woods, Meghan Rose Shea, Zachary J Olinger, Arielle B. Brown and Blair Pourciau.

Later this month, Theatre UNO will perform Bengal Tiger at The Baghad Zoo at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region Six Festival. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a year-long competition of university productions from all over the U.S.

Region Six comprises colleges and universities from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Missouri.

"We will perform for an audience of approximately 1,000 students and faculty from the six state region," Hoover said. "There will be other VIPs in attendance including representatives from the Kennedy Center in Washington."

Read More

New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) 
UNO Department of Film and Theatre
New Orleans Theatre Association Gift to Help Establish UNO Endowed Professorship
Theatre UNO Heads to KCACTF Regional Festival in February
Theatre UNO Receives Early Recognition for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Kennedy Center recognizes Theatre UNO
Theatre UNO Presents a Season to Challenge the Mind
New Orleans Theatre Association Gift to Help Establish UNO Endowed Professorship
All the World's A Stage, World-renowned playwright Mark Medoff tops the marquee at UNO as he writes — and rewrites — his next world premiere, UNO Magazine.
Theatre UNO Presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Theatre UNO Provides an Arresting Performance of Orestes 2.0
Theatre UNO Performs Rx
Theatre UNO Begins Falls Season with A Bold Debut
Theatre UNO's Race Receives Early Recognition
Theatre U.N.O. Performs The Good Doctor