Taut Thriller “The North Pool” pits Student against Vice Principal at Barrington Stage Co [Berkshire on Stage]

Babak Tafti plays the student Khadim in his Barrington Stage debut. (photo: Jordan Matter)
Babak Tafti plays the student Khadim in his Barrington Stage debut. (photo: Jordan Matter)

A student from the Middle East has a confrontation with the Vice Principal in the days following 9/11. And you better believe that all your preconceptions of good and evil are about to be given the sort of mental workout that Barrington Stage Company is known for. The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph is the kind of play that affects you deeply, and it gets its East Coast premiere in Pittsfield, MA from July 26 to August 11.

The announcement was made by Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director.

The North Pool received a world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, in March 2011, under the direction of Giovanna Sardelli. She returns to direct the production for Barrington Stage Company. The playwright Rajiv Joseph was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The North Pool has won the 2010 Edgerton New American Play Award. A New York production has been announced for this fall as part of the Vineyard Theatre season.

More than just a drama, this thriller will have you on the edge of your seat if reactions from friends on the West Coast are to be believed. It’s the sort of intense and surprising story that you don’t want to know too many details going in, that would truly be a case of spoilers ruining a good evening of mystery, red herrings and surprises. What can be safely said is that the truth shifts constantly in this riveting cat-and-mouse story as tensions rise and secrets are unveiled in this psychological drama.

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