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Date Released: 12/4/2006



Purchase Repertory Theatre presents Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, and Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, directed by Craig Bacon, in repertory December 1-9 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.

Performances for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo are December 1 and 9 at 8 PM and December 3 and 9 at 2 PM.

By the Bog of Cats will be presented December 2, 3, 7 and 8 at 8 PM. Individual tickets are $20, $15, seniors and students.

To order tickets call the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visit

Set in present day Iraq, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a surreal and comic vision of the current madness of life and war for Americans and Iraqis. American soldiers, a translator, ghosts and a tiger wander the doomed streets of Baghdad trying to find what's been lost in the ruins. The play is a meditation on the spoils of war in the 21st century. Produced in collaboration with the Lark Theatre Company.

By the Bog of Cats is set on the bleak, ghostly Irish landscape of “the Bog of Cats” and based on the classical Greek tragedy of Medea. The play discloses one woman’s courageous attempts to lay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two.

Craig Bacon directed several productions for the Mercury Theatre in the United Kingdom, including Macbeth and The Tempest, as well as for Synchronicity Space, the Atlantic Theater Company and New Voice Theater. Last year he directed the Purchase Repertory Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. He has worked as an actor throughout Europe and the United States. He trained extensively with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Kristin Linklater and Tina Packer. He has taught at London’s Actors Centre, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Circle in the Square, New York University, and Shakespeare and Company.

Giovanna Sardelli has directed Rajiv Joseph’s plays All This Intimacy for Upcoming at Second Stage Theatre and Huck & Holden for Cherry Lane. She is a former director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute in Arizona, and currently teaches acting at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dance. She has directed dozens of plays in New York, as well as for regional theatre and education institutions. She holds an MFA from the New York University Graduate Acting Program and attended the invitation-only NYU Director’s Lab.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre features students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at Purchase College. The 2006-2007 season continues with Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, February 9-17; The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht, March 2-10; and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, April 27-May 5. All performances are at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 914-251-6830.