Join Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency for a FREE reading of Rajiv Joseph’s play “Gruesome Playground Injuries” on Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 PM at The Argyros in Ketchum. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Obie Award winner, Rajiv Joseph is the 2023-2024 Resident Playwright of Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency.
The reading is also directed by Rajiv Joseph, and it features David Janeski and Aly Wepplo.
In “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals over the course of 30 years, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
The reading is FREE, and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, visit www.sunvalleyplaywrights.org.
SUN VALLEY PLAYWRIGHT’S RESIDENCY is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that fosters new relationships between theatremakers and Idaho’s Wood River Valley community and fuels the American theatre with invigorating new plays, in partnership with The Argyros Performing Arts Center and The Community Library. Now in its third year, Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency pioneers a radically new approach to supporting playwrights and the development of their new work, annually focusing with laser precision on an individual playwright who receives creative support to foster a new project over the course of a year. Previous Resident Playwrights include Obie Award-winner David Cale (2021-2022) and Pulitzer Prize-winner Martyna Majok (2022-2023). Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph is the 2023-2024 Resident Playwright. For more information, visit www.sunvalleyplaywrights.org.
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.