WEEK 5 BEGINNINGS: Special event at MOCA!
Jul 18, 2016
And we’re off and running! This week marks the start of our rehearsals for Caught, a genre-bending new piece from Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans. We’re also excited to announce that The Play Company and the Museum of Chinese in America are presenting a special sneak preview event! Join us on July 28th at 7pm for an evening of play and conversation featuring an excerpt of the play! Followed by a conversation with Chen and members of the cast, moderated by David Henry Hwang.
David Henry Hwang is the newly elected Chair of the American Theatre Wing. His work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, Yellow Face, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award, the 2012 Inge Award, and the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, the world’s richest playwriting prize. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, including the premiere of his newest work, Kung Fu.
Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-lengths works have been produced and developed across the United States and aboard, at companies such as the American Conservatory Theater, Arcola Theatre (London), Asian American Theater Company, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Rep/Ground Floor, and the Lark Play Development Center. 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; 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theater International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy; a MAP Fund Grant; a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships. Current commissions include American Conservatory Theater, S.F. Playhouse, Crowded Fire and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Publications include American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Bay Area and Theater Magazine (Yale). A Bay Area native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.
Tickets (include museum admission): $20/adult; $15/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members. Click here to RSVP.