by Christopher Chen / directed by Jon Kretzu

May 20 – June 12, 2016 (preview: May 19)

An art gallery hosts a retrospective of the work of a legendary Chinese dissident artist who was imprisoned in a Chinese detention center for a single work of art. Recently profiled in the New Yorker, the artist himself is present, and shares with patrons the details of an ordeal that defies belief. A labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, social justice, and cultural appropriation, where nothing is as it first appears.

Kevin Lin (Lin), Rebecca Olson (Joyce), Daniel Wood (Bob), Keiko Green (Wang Min).  Additionally, Kathy Hsieh will play Wang Min for June 3 – 6.

Design & Production:
Jon Kretzu (Director), Xandria Barber (Stage Manager), Craig Wollam (Scenic Designer), Evan Christian Anderson (Lighting Designer), Evan Mosher (Sound Designer), Julia Evanovich (Costume Designer), Ashley Banker (Props Designer).

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Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length works have been produced andChristopherChen developed across the United States and abroad, at companies such as the American Conservatory Theater, Arcola Theatre (London), Asian American Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Rep/Ground Floor, Central Works, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball Theater, Edinburgh Fringe, Fluid Motion, hotINK Festival, Impact Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Just Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, Silk Road Rising, Sundance Theatre Lab, Theatre Mu, U.C. Berkeley/Zellerbach Playhouse and The Vineyard.

Honors include: the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was the 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at The Vineyard Theatre in New York; the Barrymore Award; PHINDIE Critics Awawrd; the Glickman Award; the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award; shortlist for the James Tait Black Award; nomination for the Steinberg Award; 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theater International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy; a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships. Current commissions include S.F. Playhouse, Crowded Fire and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Publications include American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Bay Area and Theater Magazine (Yale).

Chris’ plays peddle in the socio-political, the psychological, the absurd and the structurally kaleidoscopic. A Bay Area native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.

(Photo by Abie Hadjitarkhani.)