Past Productions

The North Pool

In this riveting psychological thriller, a high school vice principal and a Middle Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences. A powerful new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, author of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, and recipient of The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

The North Pool

February 14 - March 24, 2013

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
With Babak Tafti, Stephen Barker Turner
In this riveting psychological thriller, a high school vice principal and a Middle Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences. A powerful new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, author of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, and recipient of The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

Rajiv Joseph

(Playwright) Rajiv’s play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, played on Broadway last year, starring Robin Williams. His other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, The North Pool, The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), All This Intimacy and Huck & Holden. Rajiv has been awarded a United States Artists Grant and the Whiting Award. He has written for the Showtime award-winning series, Nurse Jackie. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

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Giovanna Sardelli

(Director) GIOVANNA SARDELLI directed the world premieres of DEAD ACCOUNTS by Theresa Rebeck at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; SOMEWHERE by Matthew Lopez and the West Coast premiere of his play THE WHIPPING MAN (NAACP nomination Best Director), both at The Old Globe Theatre; world premieres of Rajiv Joseph’s plays THE NORTH POOL, TheatreWorks; and ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER (Joe A.. Callaway Award for Outstanding Director) and ALL THIS INTIMACY, both at Second Stage Theatre; THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX, AlterEgo Theatre Company; and HUCK & HOLDEN, Cherry Lane Theatre. New York premiere of Lynn Rosen’s APPLE COVE, Women’s Project; world premieres of James McLindon’s SALVATION, Hudson Stage Company; Christopher Wall’s DREAMS OF THE WASHER KING, Playwrights Realm; Lila Rose Kaplan’s WILDFLOWER, Second Stage Theatre; Zoe Kazan’s ABSALOM, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival; and Adriana Sevan’s TAKING FLIGHT, Center Theatre Group and others. Ms. Sardelli has developed plays with The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance, The Playwrights’ Center and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center among others. She spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Studio Tisch. Ms. Sardelli received her MFA in acting from NYU, and is also a graduate of their Director’s Lab. She is on the faculty of the Graduate Acting and Dance Programs at NYU. Giovanna was just named Resident Director at The Dorset Theatre Festival where she’ll be directing the regional premiere of GOOD PEOPLE and DEATH TRAP for this season. Also coming up are productions of SOMEWHERE at TheatreWorks, THE WHIPPING MAN for Cleveland Play House and THE LITTLE PRINCE for UTK.

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Babak Tafti

(Khadim Asmaan) BABAK TAFTI is making both his Vineyard and Off-Broadway debut with THE NORTH POOL. Regional credits include SCORCHED (ACT), BLOOD AND GIFTS (La Jolla Playhouse), and the world premiere of THE NORTH POOL at Barrington Stage. Television credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Crash.” He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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Stephen Barker Turner

(Dr. Danielson) Off-Broadway: Michael Frayn’s BENEFACTORS, The Keen Company; RACE, Classic Stage Company; ALL MY SONS, Roundabout Theatre Company; RICHARD III, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, New York Shakespeare Festival; A LETTER FROM ETHEL KENNEDY, MCC Theater; LIPS, Primary Stages. Regional: Premieres of DEAD ACCOUNTS, THE SCENE and THE NOVELIST, all by Theresa Rebeck; premieres of THE EVILDOERS by David Adjmi and COMPULSION by Rinne Groff, both at Yale Repertory Theatre; premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s AFTER ASHLEY, Humana Festival; among others. Television & Film: Seducing Charlie Barker (based on Rebeck’s THE SCENE), Cosmopolitan, We Pedal Uphill, Blair Witch 2, Warrior Class, “Body of Proof” (ABC); “Blue Bloods” (CBS); All three “Law and Order” franchises (NBC); “Sex and the City” (HBO); “Hack” (CBS); “Swift Justice” (UPN); “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” (ABC), among others.

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Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Babak Tafti and Stephen Barker Turner in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Stephen Barker Turner and Babak Tafti in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Babak Tafti and Stephen Barker Turner in THE NORTH POOL. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Interview with Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of THE NORTH POOL

Rajiv Joseph's play BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO was produced to acclaim on Broadway starring Robin Williams, and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His other plays include GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER, HUCK AND HOLDEN, ALL THIS INTIMACY, and he is also

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The North Pool Review Quotes

“ENGROSSING! SPLENDID AND MOVING.

Babak Tafti makes an auspicious New York stage debut as Khadim. Giovanna Sardelli has helmed this one not by steadily increasing the temperature but more like building a roller coaster, with sharp spikes of tension.”

– Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Both Turner and Tafti give intense performances.

Joseph's ear for dialogu

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