The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi receiving accolades!

One show you and your family would be thrilled to check out this weekend is The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi over at the Mile Square Theatre (at the Monroe Center720 Monroe St.)

The show has received great feedback from residents and critics alike. The Star Ledger said, “Rikki Tikki Tavi achieves what so many adaptations of classics strive to do. It brings the tale into a new century and has it speak to today’s audiences…A spirited production….Good news for parents, guardians and grandparents… adults will wind up having a much better time than they thought they would.”

And said, “Rikki Tikki Tavi is worthy of our kids; intelligent, creative, multi-layered and deserving of the overused term “magical”. And it’s funny. Really funny. For kids and adults.”

I hope to have some time to check it out this weekend myself. Enjoy!

Mile Square Theatre present The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

Public shows April 2nd through 17th…

Mile Square Theatre, the company that brought to Hoboken Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, will present Y York’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Junglebook story The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi.

York’s adaptation dramatizes the conflict between Nag the Cobra and Darzee the Taylor Bird, Chuchu the Muskrat, and Rikki the Mongoose. Darzee, the diva, is incensed when Rikki washes up in her pristine garden. She and Chuchu attempt to run off the pesky, cheerful mongoose, until they see the cobra Nag run in fear when Nag discovers that a mongoose is loose.

This comedy about sharing, cooperation, and growing up will appeal to audiences 4 years and older. The production brings back the creative team responsible for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and will be performed by a talented cast of 4 professional actors.

Show Info

Where: Monroe Center Theatrespace (720 Monroe Street)
Tickets: $20 / adults – $12 / students – buy online or call (201)683-7014
Performance Dates & Times:

  • 11am: April 3, 10, 17
  • 2pm: April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
  • 5pm: April 2, 9, 16

Creative Team/MST Staff

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi is directed by Mile Square Theatre’s Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. A decade-long artistic associate of Seattle Chil¬dren’s Theatre and a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at Rutgers University, Chris directed MST’s production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

Joining the design team is scenic designer Jen Price Fick (winner of two New Hampshire Theatre Awards for best scenic design), a busy designer in regional theatres in the northeast who was assistant designer for Eugene Lee’s scenery in the Broadway production of You’re Welcome, America: a final night with George W. Bush, with Will Ferrell. Jen designed the set for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. MST resident designer Matthew Fick (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors), who recently designed the set for MST’s production of A Christmas Carol, designs lights, and Melanie Burgess, (Seattle Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman Theatre) designs costumes.

Casting has just completed and Mr. O’Connor has assembled a talented cast of professional actors, all conservatory-trained, who work in regional theatre, off-Broadway, and on film and television. In the role of Darzee is MST company member Blaire Brooks, well remembered as Lilly of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and for her work in Scapin and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While not gracing the MST stage, Blaire has worked in off-Broadway productions at Manhattan Theatre Club and The Public Theater, in commercials, and has appeared on Law & Order and the Guiding Light.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. He was born in Bombay, British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes Rikki Tikki Tavi), Kim, many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King; and his many poems.

Y York’s third-millennium plays include Eggs (People’s Light & Theatre Company); and L.A. Is Burning (New Harmony Project, 2007, Main Street Theater, Houston, 2008); Getting Near to Baby (2008 People’s Light & Theatre Company, Barrymore nomination for Outstanding New Play); River Rat and Cat (2006 ChildsPlay, Arizona); Nothing Is the Same (TCG-Pew Charitable Trust, 2004 Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival); Fork in the Road (Dramatic Publishing commission); The Forgiving Harvest (2004 AT&T: OnStage Award, 2004 People’s Light & Theatre AATE Distinguished Play Award); Mask of the Unicorn Warrior (Rockefeller Foundation grant, Seattle Children’s Theatre); Othello (4-character hip-hop adaptation); Krisit (2001 Primary Stages); In June 2006, York received the Hawai`i Award for Literature. She is a proud alumna of New Dramatists, member of The Dramatists Guild and still lives with Mark Lutwak to whom all things are still dedicated. For current information visit

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi is sponsored by the generous support of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Bijou Properties, Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Monroe Center for the Arts.

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2 Comments on "The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi"

Happy Wendi
Happy Wendi
5 years 6 months ago

Discovered this recently myself. A treasure of a resource in Hoboken!

Mrs. L
Mrs. L
5 years 6 months ago

Saw the show last weekend, highly recommended. Such a good time, and more satisfying that seeing a movie. I plan to attend every single show Mile Square Theatre produces. A very positive asset to the city of Hoboken.

Please see the show, you will not be disappointed!