Guards at the Taj

Night of forty thousand hands, a birth of one of the greatest man-made edifices: is it true or a lie? Guards at the Taj are just two regular young men, behind whom stands the glorious monument of the world architecture. They face a choice: either to break the rules and betray each other or carry on, living in a blissful ignorance.

Shocking and cruel rules break the routine, dirty work becomes a road leading to simple life, but can the characters overcome their nature and remain the same? Through funny and sometimes absurd dialogs the author shows deep and contradicting nature of a man. Driven by a search of truth, but overwhelmed with fear, staggered by contradictions and subjected to the alien influence, guards at the Taj become involuntary protectors of the great beauty.

Rajiv Joseph is an American playwright and scriptwriter who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010. His play Guards at the Taj was translated into Russian within «Ljubimovka + Lark» workshop – a cultural and creative exchange program between Russian and American playwrights in Moscow. Guards at the Taj was also nominated for Off-Broadway Theater Awards as the Best new play in 2016.

Leading American and British magazines write that Guards at the Taj is a “mostly absorbing two-hander” (The New York Times), that “seizes on some potent philosophical issues” (The Independent).

The leading roles in the new Alexandr Yanushkevishs production will be played by the actor of the Janka Kupala’s National Theatre Ivan Kushneruk (The Government Inspector, Matches), and the actor of Grodno doll theatre Alexandr Ratko (The Seagull) .

  • Producer: Alexandr Yanushkevish
  • Country: Belarus
  • Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes (without intermission)
  • Year: 2019
  • Cast:

    Ivan Kushneruk, Alexandr Ratko

  • Play : Rajiv Joseph
  • Translation: Gulnara Sapargalieva
  • Adaptation: Rodion Beletskiy
  • Set designer: Tatiana Nersisian
  • Light designer: Nikolai Surkov
  • Light technicians: Maksim Kvartalnyiy, Irina Bukata
  • Music: Yuri Bochkarev
  • Sound technician: Anastasia Malchik
  • Stage manager: Anastasia Malchik


16 July, 2019