Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph will be in conversation with Martha Williams, The Community Library’s Programs and Education Director.
Monday, October 9, 2023
5:00pm – 6:00pm
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
Joseph is the third annual Sun Valley Playwright’s Resident, a residency that fosters new relationships between theatremakers and Idaho’s Wood River Valley community and offers creative support to foster a new project over the course of a year. The residency is hosted at The Community Library’s historic Ernest and Mary Hemingway House, and programs are presented in partnership with SVPR, the Library, and The Argyros Performing Arts Center.
During his residency, a reading of Joseph’s 2009 play Gruesome Playground Injuries will be read at The Argyros on October 14, 2023. Learn more here.
Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has twice won the Obie Award for Best New American Play, first in 2016 with Guards at the Taj( also a 2016 Lortel Winner for Best Play) and then in 2018 with Describe the Night. Other plays include King James, Letters of Suresh, Archduke, The North Pool, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Animals Out of Paper. He wrote the book and co-wrote lyrics for the musical Fly, based on Peter Pan, and he wrote the libretto for the opera Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. He has written for TV and film and has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal.