Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
 
Motion Rendering with Projection Design
 
"The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city's ruins. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature."
                                                                 - Summary Courtesy of Dramatists Play Services
 
This is perhaps one my favorite contemporary plays. I felt it was important to communicate the conflict of the area and what war has done to it.  I also felt it was important to communicate Arabic and Iraqi culture.  Carnage manifested itself in this design with the use of burnt and torn paper.  The culture came with the use of traditional Arabic calligraphy and motifs.
 
For the individual scenes, I wanted to use projection. Something I've encountered more and more in my design work is that many organizations want to begin using projections, but they don't always seem to gel with the set design. As a set designer, I want to learn how to incorporate projection into a design and make it look and feel like it all belongs in the same world. 
I chose a motion rendering for the project because I felt it was important to show how some moments in the play could fade in and out of each other. In my opinion, it is also the best way to show projection design in a set. 
Preshow - All of the Arabic writing pertains to different Islamic laws, but were not excerpts from any holy texts or writings.
1.1 The Zoo
1.2 Military Office
1.3 Iraqi Home
1.4 The Garden
1.4 Tiger's Limbo
1.5 The Hospital
1.6 Musa's Home
2.2 Strange Desert
2.3 Strange Desert Morning
2.4 Dead Garden
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