Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Drama League Award Nominee for Outstanding Production in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
New York Premiere
I took in this fluidness around me and decided to create art that reflected it. I began imagining art that not only existed to disappear, but art that never existed in the tangible world at all. I know what you are thinking. But stop and think of the possibilities.
In this irreverent new genre-bending piece, theatre makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. Their hybrid work invites you to navigate a labyrinthine trail between truth and perception, authority and authenticity, illusionary art and real jeopardy.
Produced in collaboration with Xiong Art Gallery.
Show Dates & Ticket Info:
EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24TH!
August 17 – September 24
Mon – Sat @ 7:30PM
Tickets: $35 General Admission / $45 & $55 Premium Reserved
(Student Tickets: $15 advance / $10 Rush w/ID)
*Summer Shares at La MaMa makes theatre spaces available to artists for non-curated productions.
Christopher Chen’s intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play is directed with exquisite precision by Lee Sunday Evans, and slyly designed every step of the way. The one thing spectators can be sure of is that they are inside a production that is also a kind of art installation, and it is messing with them.
Clearly, Christopher Chen’s comedy-drama is having its own insidious effect on me, days after I saw it. The whole thing was pretty great.
The creative team guides the audience on an energetic romp through the disorienting corridors and unexpected chambers of Chen’s luxuriant imagination. Curtain Up
The execution couldn’t be better: Evans and her team clearly found the Inception-esque challenge of the text exciting. Performances are strong throughout. The physical production (typically for The Play Company) is beautifully realized. Time Out New York
“A smart, self-assured meditation on the politics of truth, in art and in life.” The Village Voice
“The play is brilliant at inducing a kind of moral weightlessness, never quite letting us settle on solid ground.” – Hyperallergic
I loved it. Interesting, ambitious, knowing, provocative. Just terrific. And visceral. And about so much more than the implied sum of its parts. A gentle tour of discomfort zones. That is also the realm of humanity and humanism. Topical as all get out. Bravo to all of you! –Yoshiko
An awesomely captivating and thought-provoking,production of the truly exciting work Christopher Chen is doing. With a stellar creative team led by the specifically talented Lee Sunday Evans. –Matthew P.
Meet the Caught Collaborators
Introducing the CAUGHT Performers
PlayCo’s IDEA LAB is expanding! In addition to inviting artists, scholars and community leaders to share their perspectives on the plays in our season, we’re creating a new strand of conversation with PLAYBACK – a series of open and informal conversations to share responses and connect with the issues and themes in our work.
PlayCo staff members, ambassadors and special guests will kick off these intimate 20-30 minute post-show chats, as an opportunity to reflect together on what we’ve heard and seen, and what we’ll take away. Join us after each THURSDAY EVENING performance (unless otherwise noted) to add your voice!
All Idea Labs and PlayBack conversations will be at La MaMa, 66 East 4th Street, immediately following the performance (Caught will run approximately 90 minutes) and all are free and open to the public.
Artists in Conversation with
Tony Award-winning Playwright and PlayCo Friend David Henry Hwang
Writer Christopher Chen, director LeeSunday Evans and cast talk with special guest David Henry Hwang on their collaboration for Caught.
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month, made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.
General Admission: $10/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (with school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 10: Free
Fourth Arts Block
FABnyc was founded in 2001 as the nonprofit leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, a historic and vibrant arts corridor in Manhattan between Second Avenue and Bowery. Now a neighborhood-wide coalition of arts and community groups, FABnyc strengthens the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side.
61 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Asian American Arts Alliance
Dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City’s fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
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20 Jay Street, suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201
PlayCo and MOCA present a special sneak preview of CAUGHT
The Play Company is collaborating with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) to present a special event on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00pm. Join us for an evening of play and conversation as we sneak preview PlayCo’s next show, CAUGHT by Christopher Chen. The event will feature excerpts from the play followed by a conversation with Chris, the cast, and very special guest David Henry Hwang.
This event will take place at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street, NYC).
Date: Thursday, July 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets (include museum admission): $20/adult; $15/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members.
David Henry Hwang in Conversation with Caught writer Christopher Chen
Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-lengths works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad, 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.
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.
Join the PlayCo Virtual Flashmob
Help PlayCo create a viral announcement for the start of performances for Caught.
To celebrate and announce the Aug 17 start of performances for Caught, on Tuesday, August 16 we’re coordinating a virtual flashmob so that we, along with our friends can shout out to the world the start of performances for Caught across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr at the exact same time. We are planning the virtual flashmob for Aug 16 at 12:00 pm ET. The announcement is for the day before performances start.
If you are able to participate, just click this link which will lead you to a page from which you can participate in one (or all three) of the social media platforms available. Once you select your preferred social media network, the message will be sent out automatically. You won’t have to remember to create a post on that day.
Please feel free to forward this to your friends or post to your networks for others to join the CAUGHT flashmob.