Los Angeles: The earlier Los Angeles cast of Rajiv Joseph`s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo will reunite and join the previously announced Robin Williams for the 2011 Broadway engagement of the play.
Glenn Davis, Brad Fleischer, Hrach Titizian, Sheila Vand, Necar Zadegan and Arian Moayed, all of whom appeared in the work during its two engagements for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles (in 2009 and 2010), will give the Pulitzer Prize-finalist play its Broadway debut, under the direction of Moises Kaufman (33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife). An October announcement had previously mentioned that Williams and the original cast would merge. For the record, Kevin Tighe played the role of the tiger in L.A.
The Broadway production begins March 11, 2011, and opens March 31 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46th St.).
The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor Robin Williams ("Good Morning, Vietnam," "Good Will Hunting") makes his Broadway acting debut as the title feline in the play. Billed as "savagely funny," the play is described this way by the producers: "A tiger haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. As he witnesses the puzzling absurdities of war, the tiger encounters Americans and Iraqis who are searching for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold."
Glenn Davis appeared Off-Broadway in the Vineyard Theatre production of Tarell McCraney`s Wig Out and at Steppenwolf Theatre in McCraney`s The Brother/Sister Plays Brad Fleischer, seen Off-Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company`s revival of Streamers and on Broadway in Coram Boy, has appeared in Joseph`s play Gruesome Playground Injuries Alley Theatre.
Arian Moayed`s credits include Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabal at BAM and Steppenwolf, Queens Blvd at Signature Theatre and American Pilot at Manhattan Theatre Club. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance in Masked Off-Broadway at DR2 Theatre. A stage actor and former theatre producer, Hrach Titizian has appeared in the films "The Kingdom" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats." Sheila Vand appeared in the Los Angeles Theatre Company production of Portrait of the Architect in Ruins and was a regular on the television series "Prom Queen." Necar Zadegan appeared in the West Coast premiere of Diana Son`s play Stop Kiss.
The Broadway producers are Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Center Theatre Group.
Joseph is an American playwright whose plays include Animals Out of Paper, which premiered at Second Stage in 2008, Huck & Holden, produced at Cherry Lane Theatre, All This Intimacy and The Leopard and the Fox. He is the recipient of the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship from the National Arts Club, and the 2008 Paula Vogel Award for emerging playwrights presented by the Vineyard Theatre. He also earned a 2010 USA Fellowship.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo will perform Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.