Alley Theatre presents the World Premiere of Describe the Night, by Rajiv Joseph. On the Neuhaus Stage September 15 through October 15.
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry.
Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.
Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) returns to the Alley with his epic new play Describe the Night which traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.
Describe the Night was commissioned by the Alley and was featured as a reading in the 2017 Alley All New Festival. The Alley previously produced the world premieres of Joseph’s The Monster at the Door and Gruesome Playground Injuries. His play Archduke will premiere in April of this year at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Joseph was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Joseph’s New York productions include Guards at the Taj (Atlantic Theater Company, 2015) which was awarded the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, 2016 Obie Award for Best New Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, The North Pool (Vineyard Theater, 2013), Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage Theatre, 2008), The Leopard and the Fox (Alter Ego, 2007), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006), and All This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre, 2006).
Joseph wrote for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie for seasons 3 and 4 and was the co-screenwriter of the film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. He is the book writer and co-lyricist for the musical Fly which premiered at the Dallas Theater Center in 2013.
Pictured below: Playwright Rajiv Joseph.