Guards at the Taj

Play

New Work
Writers: Rajiv Joseph

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
2015
Genres
Drama
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1648, agra, india
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
All-Male Cast, College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

Humayun and Babur are best friends, and guards in Hindustani ruler Shah Jahan’s Imperial Army. They bicker, reminisce about jungle escapades, and have the dubious privilege of standing guard over the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s epic tribute to his dead wife, the night before it is revealed to the world as the most potent and powerful personification of beauty. Humayun, sternly loyal second generation civil servant, is content to follow orders, even when the Emperor, determined that no object more beautiful than the Taj Mahal should ever be built again, has the guards carry out a horrifying task. But sensitive Babur, an imaginative inventor, can only come to terms with the destruction of beauty if he exacts his own powerful vengeance. Rajiv Joseph’s enthralling drama Guards at the Taj explores beauty and power, autocracy and resistance, and conflicting loyalties. It features a heartbreakingly funny and relatable friendship tested, and broken, by extreme and brutal circumstances.

Lead Characters