The Leopard and The Fox: Press Release

ALTER EGO PRODUCTIONS BRINGS TO THE STAGE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX — A NEW PLAY BY RAJIV JOSEPH INSPIRED BY TARIQ ALI’S BBC TELEPLAY OF THE SAME NAME THAT TELLS THE GRIPPING STORY OF THE LAST DAYS OF ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO, THE FIRST POPULARLY ELECTED PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN AND BENAZIR BHUTTO’S FATHER

Alter Ego Productions brings together people from many different professional backgrounds sharing a common passion for theater. The company was founded in April 2002 by a group of individuals whose professional focus is not theater but who have a strong interest in theater and significant past experience in directing, acting, or set design.

Alter Ego’s current production — Tariq Ali’s The Leopard and the Fox is a Machiavellian political drama set in the last days of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first popularly elected Prime Minister, deposed in a coup, and then executed by his closest confidante, his army chief General Zia ul Haq, in 1979, who installed himself as the President. The merry go round that is Pakistani politics is being played out today with the reported comeback of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s daughter Benazir Bhutto as Prime Minister at the behest of the US, the 800 lb gorilla in that region. The Leopard and the Fox was written as a BBC screenplay in 1985 which never got produced because of the politically sensitive nature of the story, due to the US exerting pressure on Zia ul Haq, to arm and train the mujahideens waging war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Alter Ego is delighted in presenting the world premiere of The Leopard and the Fox written by acclaimed writer, film maker, and political activist Tariq Ali, well known for his critically acclaimed and widely read The Clash of Fundamentalisms. The stage adaptation is written by NY based playwright Rajiv Joseph whose previous work includes the well received Huck and Holden and All that Intimacy. Director Giovanna Sardelli is a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School. Her recent work includes Rajiv Joseph’s Huck and Holden, All that Intimacy, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The deeply talented cast of actors is led by the wondrously talented Ramiz Monsef who was last seen as Big Stone in Sarah Rule’s Eurydice (Second Stage).

Previously, Alter Ego produced A First Class Man, Who’s Afraid of Vijay Tendulkar?, Fatwa, Indian Ink, Chaos Theory, and Hayavadana. Our most successful productions to date — the world premiere of David Freeman’s A First Class Man and the NY premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink — ran to full houses. Our 2006 production A First Class Man was a critical and popular success and garnered rave reviews as the NYT called it “a play that entertains quite efficiently” and Indian Ink was listed by TheaterMania as “Shows You Should Have Seen But Probably Didn’t” in 2003.

The Leopard and The Fox: Press Release

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