August Finds A “Bengal Tiger” At The Minnaert Center



Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

Most ghost stories revolve around the spirits of people, trying to finish some deed left undone or bring closure to a difficult experience. But what about the ghosts of animals?

South Puget Sound Community College Theater Program presents the ghost story of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” that unfolds against the backdrop of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The play comes to the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Mainstage beginning Aug. 9.

The New York Times called this ferocious a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award-nominated dark comedy “a savagely funny and visionary new work of American Theatre.” According to the Looking Glass Theater, “Two US Marines and an Iraqi translator are thrust into a world of greed, mystery and betrayal after an encounter with a now-deceased but still very (upset) tiger. The streets of war-torn Baghdad are filled with ghosts, riddles and wry humor in Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking play that explores the power and perils of human nature.”

The play runs Aug. 9-11 and again Aug. 15-18. The Aug. 11 and 18 shows begin at 2 p.m., and all other shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and $10 for military, seniors, students, staff and faculty. Tickets will be available through the Washington Center by calling (360) 753-8585. For more information, visit or call (360) 596-5411.

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