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“Fiendishly good … a rather ingenious piece of theater.” — The Washington Post

At morning’s first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.

Award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and The North Pool. Mr. Joseph received the Steinberg Playwright Award in 2013, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award in 2015, as well as multiple Lucille Lortel awards and the 2016 Obie Award for Best Play for Guards at the Taj.

Performance Schedule


Tue - Sun 7:30pm


Sun (Preview) Apr 30, 4:00pm
Thu (Perspectives) May 11, 1:00pm
Sat, May 6 & 20, 2:00pm
Sun May 7, 14 & 21, 2:00pm

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Ticket Prices

Performance Center
Previews (Apr 27 - 30) $37 $37
Opening Night (May 2) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Click here or call 415.388.5208.
SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances
MILITARY – $6 off all performances. Learn more
UNDER 30 – $22, all performances
EDUCATOR – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request.
TEENS – $10, all performances

Discounts and special rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208
Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability. 
Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order. 
Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.

MTC Engaged Special Events




Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Window on the Work - Guards at the Taj

Window on the Work - Guards at the Taj

Thurs., April 13 | 7:30 PM

Window on the Works series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

7:00 PM

Pre-show talk before every Wednesday evening performance.

Sitter Saturday

Sitter Saturday

Sat., May 6 | 2:00 PM

Free onsite childcare provided by UrbanSitter during the 2nd Saturday matinee.

Perspectives Matinee

Perspectives Matinee

Thurs., May 11 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM performance.

MTC After Hours

MTC After Hours

Sat., May 13 | 9:00 PM

After the performance join us at the MTC bar for music, drink specials, and conversation with the cast!


  • Rushi Kota*

    Rushi Kota*


    Rushi Kota (Babur) hails from Queens, NY, before traveling to Cambridge, MA, and finally landing in La La Land. Recent screen appearances include Famous in Love (Freeform), The Divorce Party and The One I Wrote for You (Showtime), Extant with Halle Berry (CBS), as Dr. Curtis in General Hospital, and as a Hipster Male with Acne in Proactiv commercials. Theatrical credits include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Capital Stage, Best Warm Beer in BK and Ghost World at The Lost Knight Theater, The Boston Abolitionists Project, Hansel & Gretel, Great Catherine, The Shewing of Blanco Posnet, and Imaginary Invalid at American Repertory Theater. Mr. Kota received his M.F.A. in Acting from American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School at Harvard University. He is incredibly honored and blessed to be in this production of the Guards at the Taj at Marin Theatre Company.

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  • Jason Kapoor*

    Jason Kapoor*


    Jason Kapoor (Humayun) previously appeared at Marin Theatre Company in The Invisible Hand. Born and raised in San Jose, he has appeared in both the world premiere and the recent off-Broadway productions of Ideation by Aaron Loeb. Mr. Kapoor was recently seen in American Conservatory Theater’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, and, prior to that, in California Shakespeare Theatre’s Life is a Dream and A.C.T.’s Indian Ink. He has also appeared at San Jose Repertory Theater in The Dresser and on tour as Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Mr. Kapoor earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and his M.A. in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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Creative Team

  • ​Rajiv Joseph

    ​Rajiv Joseph


    Rajiv Joseph was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his Broadway play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which also won the National Endowment for the Arts’ grant for Outstanding New American Play. Mr. Joseph’s New York productions include Guards at the Taj (Atlantic Theater Company, 2015), The North Pool (Vineyard Theater, 2013), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Second Stage Theatre, 2011), Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage Theatre, 2008), The Leopard and the Fox (Alter Ego, 2007), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006), and All This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre, 2006). Other recent productions include Mr. Wolf (South Coast Repertory, 2015), The Lake Effect (Crossroads Theatre, New Jersey, 2013) and Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre, Houston, 2011). Mr. Joseph wrote for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie for seasons 3 and 4 and was the co-screenwriter of the film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the musical, Fly, which premiered at the Dallas Theater Center in 2013. Finally, Mr. Joseph and Jack Perla’s opera, Shalimar the Clown, adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie, premiered at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis during the summer of 2016. Mr. Joseph received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Jasson Minadakis^

    Jasson Minadakis^


    Jasson Minadakis (artistic director) is in his 11th season as artistic director of Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed August: Osage County, The Invisible Hand, Anne Boleyn, The Convert, The Whale, Failure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of Truth, The Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble), Waiting for Godot, Othello: the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Libby Appel’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Seagull, Happy Now?, Equivocation (SFBATCC Award, Best Director), the world premiere of Sunlight, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song, and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor’s Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman; Bug; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Echoes of Another Man; Killer Joe; Burn This; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?; Blue/Orange; and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the ’A’ Train, Chagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production), and numerous others, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production), and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre.

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  • Annie Smart+

    Scenic Designer

    Annie Smart (scenic designer) is originally from London, where she designed sets and costumes for Joint Stock Theatre Group, the National Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre, among many others. She was previously at Marin Theatre Company with the world premiere of Lasso of Truth. She recently designed At the Vanishing Point for Actors Theatre of Louisville. In the U.S.A., Ms. Smart has designed for many major theatres, including The Public Theater, Arena Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and Long Wharf Theatre. Now based in the Bay Area, her show designs include California Shakespeare Theater’s Blithe Spirit ; Candida ; Othello ; The Tempest; Man and Superman; An Ideal Husband; Private Lives; Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; Pygmalion; and Lady Windermere’s Fan; as well as American Conservatory Theater’s A Doll’s House, Night and Day, The Threepenny Opera; and Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Big Love; Concerning Strange Devices; Fêtes de la Nuit; Heartbreak House; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; The Mystery of Irma Vep; Passing Strange; Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup; Suddenly Last Summer; Taking Over; Three Sisters; Tiny Kushner; and To the Lighthouse. Ms. Smart currently teaches costume and set design at the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Mike Post

    Mike Post

    Lighting Designer

    Mike Post (lighting designer) is happy to be designing his first major show in the Bay Area. He has been working in theatre for over 25 years, primarily as a lighting designer and technician, as well as a production manager. Mr. Post’s lighting design credits include Idols of the King, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Rocket City at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Odyssey, As You Like It, and Metamorphoses at Georgia Shakespeare, where he was also the production manager; Some Men at Actor’s Express; The 13th of Paris at the Horizon Theatre; The Guys and Silent Sky at Theatrical Outfit; and Les Miserables and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown at the Aurora Theatre in Georgia. 

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  • Fumiko Bielefeldt+

    Fumiko Bielefeldt+

    Costume Designer

    Fumiko Bielefeldt (costume designer) has designed costumes for MTC’s productions of The Oldest Boy; The Convert; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Othello, the Moor of Venice; Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice; Equivocation; What the Butler Saw; Lovers & Executioners; Frozen ; Displaced; Fugitive Kind; Indiscretions; and Candida. Other credits include The Soldier’s Tale and Miss Julie at Aurora Theatre Company; Rags, Daddy Long legs, Cyrano, Emma, Fallen Angels, Sweeney Todd, Silent Sky, The Little Women, Being Earnest, The Secret Garden, 33 Variations, Sense and Sensibility, and Light in the Piazza at TheatreWorks; The Understudy at San Jose Rep; Evie’s Waltz at Magic Theatre; and Emma for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her designs have also appeared at American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Theatre of Yugen and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. In Japan, she has designed for Tokyo Theatre of Children and Tokyo Shitamachi Festival. Ms. Bielefeldt has received many awards, including Barbara Bladen Porter, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Dean Goodman Choice, Back Stage West Garland and Drama-Logue Awards.

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  • Chris Houston

    Chris Houston

    Sound Designer

    Chris Houston (composer & sound designer) is a pianist, composer, and sound designer. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 30 productions at Marin Theatre Company, including The Invisible Hand; The Oldest Boy; The Convert; The Whale; Failure: A Love Story; August Wilson’s Fences; Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol; The Whipping Man; Waiting for Godot; It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Topdog/Underdog; Othello, the Moor of Venice; The Glass Menagerie; the world premiere of Bellwether; Seven Guitars; and In the Red and Brown Water. Locally, his designs and compositions have been featured at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Center REP, Magic Theatre, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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