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  • Follow two young playwrights as their works are brought to life onstage.

    Follow two young playwrights as their works are brought to life onstage.

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  • Why does theater still matter?

    Why does theater still matter?

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  • Rajiv Joseph and Tarell McCraney on being a playwright.

    Rajiv Joseph and Tarell McCraney on being a playwright.

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  • Replacing the lead character with Robin Williams.

    Replacing the lead character with Robin Williams.

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  • Robin Williams as The Tiger in Bengal Tiger

    Robin Williams as The Tiger in Bengal Tiger

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  • From In the Red and Bown Water

    From In the Red and Bown Water

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  • Bengal Tiger writer Rajiv Joseph

    Bengal Tiger writer Rajiv Joseph

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  • Robin Williams with Bengal Tiger writer Rajiv Joseph

    Robin Williams with Bengal Tiger writer Rajiv Joseph

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  • From In the Red and Bown Water

    From In the Red and Bown Water

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  • Tarell McCraney

    Tarell McCraney

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  • From The Brothers Size

    From The Brothers Size

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  • Bengal Tiger director Moises Kaufman and writer Rajiv Joseph

    Bengal Tiger director Moises Kaufman and writer Rajiv Joseph

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  • Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

    Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

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  • Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

    Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

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The Film

Playwright: From Page to Stage is a cinema vérité documentary that takes an intimate look at the development of two new plays, showing how creative teams are assembled and collaborate, detailing everything from the intense rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals: the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City.

The film follows two young playwrights, Rajiv Joseph and Tarell McCraney, as they burst onto the scene, bringing real-world perspective to create theater that is fresh and new. Their success ignites tremendous interest in their work, and we follow as one of the plays, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, reaches Broadway, with Robin Williams in the lead role of The Tiger.

Along the way, we learn about both playwrights through their individual back stories. Before deciding to write plays, Rajiv Joseph, an Indian American from Cleveland, traveled to Africa after college for a three-year stint in the Peace Corps. Raised in Miami’s inner city, Tarell McCraney also has an unlikely background for a career in theater: as we start our journey, he’s under 30, grew up below the poverty line, and is black and gay.

Through extraordinary backstage access, Playwright shows how these works, depicting compelling diversity and gender themes, have the power to influence and impact both mainstream and underserved audiences of all ages.

The Filmmakers

  1. Robert LeviProducer/Director
  2. Josh BlumProducer
  3. Rebecca HalbowerProducer