DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 1hr and 25 minutes with no intermission
Recommended Age: 12 and Up

This production contains blood and violence. Please note that this can be distressing and may not be suitable for all audiences.

GRIPPING HISTORICAL DARK COMEDY

Set in 1648 India this “ingenious piece of theater” (Washington Post), by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, explores the friendship of two imperial guards.

At dawn a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled, the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two guards assigned to protect the palace, morning brings them an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

 
An Excerpt from Guards at the Taj

ARTISTS


Owa’Aìs Azeem*
Babur


Yousof Sultani*
Hamayun

 


Rajiv Joseph
Playwright


Brent Hazelton
Director

 

Scott Davis
Scenic Designer

Alison Siple
Costume Designer

Noele Stollmack
Lighting Designer

Barry G. Funderburg
Sound Design and Composition

Blake Dava
Fight Director/Captain

Prasenjit Neel Guptasarma
Dramaturg

Frank Honts
Casting Director

Richelle Harrington Calin*
Stage Manager

Kaitlyn Kitzmiller*
Stage Manager

Kira Neighbors
Stage Management Fellow

Ismael Lara
Assistant Director

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with Assistant Director, Blake Dava. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
Sponsored by:

 

WED
OCT 3

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

WED
OCT 10
9-9:30PM

PANEL DISCUSSION – Power & Money & Milwaukee & Architecture
Stiemke Studio / Facebook Live
Listen in as a panel of experts analyze architecture as a symbol of power and status in Milwaukee. Learn more

 

THUR
OCT 11
7:00PM

Audio-Described Performance
Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Concierge Desk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

 

WED
OCT 17

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

THUR
OCT 18
7:00PM

ASL Interpreted Performance
This performance interpreted in American Sign Language. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

WED
OCT 24

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

WED
OCT 31

TalkBack
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

PHOTOS

FEATURES & PRESS

VIDEOS

 
 

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REVIEWS


"Exceptionally acted and brilliantly designed" and "impressive."
– Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


“Beautifully crafted and extremely moving… impeccable timing.”
– John Schneider, Shepherd Express


"Extraordinary yet believable special effects…the actors handle the play and its enormous physical demands with genuine commitment."
– Dominique Paul Noth, UrbanMilwaukee


"An engrossing and well-performed piece that will stick with you."
– Jessie Bylander, Chicago Splash Magazine


 

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September 26 – November 4, 2018
Stiemke Studio
by Rajiv Joseph 
Directed by Brent Hazelton

 

THE STIEMKE STUDIO SEASON IS PRESENTED BY ED SEABERG & PATRICK SMITH
AND FOUR-FOUR FOUNDATION, INC.

Executive Producer
Robert Burrell

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