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PlayCo to Present Christopher Chen's CAUGHT, 8/17-9/18

The Play Company (PlayCo), led by Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Executive Producer Lauren Weigel, closes its 15th Anniversary season with the New York premiere of Caught (August 17-September 18). 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. This hybrid work instigates an exploration into the nature of authority and authenticity, inviting you to navigate the labyrinthine relationships between truth and perception, illusionary art and real jeopardy.

PlayCo has a unique commitment to premiering work from around the world to advance a dynamic, international experience of contemporary theater in New York. Caught, which marks Chen's New York debut, is a subversive meditation on the politics of cultural appropriation. Chen & Sunday Evans collaborate on a rabbit hole experience in which layers of meaning unfold to stage a theatrical discussion about hidden stereotyping.

Performances of Caught will take take place August 17-September 18 at Summer Shares at La MaMa, located in Manhattan. Tickets are$35 for general admission and $45 for premium reserved and will go on sale on June 13. For more information please visit or call 212.398.2977.

Award winning, West Coast-based, playwright Christopher Chen writes plays that examine the hidden patterns beneath complex systems: socio-political systems, psychological systems, systems of power. Caught received a Sundance residency during its development, and has been performed internationally, with upcoming productions slated for Seattle, Chicago and Berkeley. Chen is currently working on commissions for American Conservatory Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire Theater Company and the San Francisco Playhouse.

Cast and performance schedule will be announced at a later date.

Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length 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, 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 Award; 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 MAP Fund Grant;

a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships. 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.

Lee Sunday Evans is an Obie Award winning director and choreographer. Credits Include: Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue (Humana), D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich (Clubbed Thumb), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks... by Kate Benson (OBIE Award - New Georges/Women's Project), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (59E59), God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Juilliard), Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. She was recently a Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, participated in the Sundance Theater Lab, and has developed work at The Alley Theater, Juilliard, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, The New Ohio, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange among others. As the resident director for CollaborationTown she creates ensemble-devised works; in this capacity, she is currently under commission from LCT3. Upcoming: Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Don't You F**king Say a Word by Andy Bragen.

Arnulfo Maldonado is a New York City based set and costume designer. Notable design credits include: the world premieres of Anne Washburn's trans-adaption of Iphigenia In Aulis? (Classic Stage Company), Max Posner's Judy (Page 73) and Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond's IOWA (Playwrights Horizons), the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's generations (Soho Rep/PlayCo), the New York premiere of George Brant's Grounded (Page 73), Ain Gordon's Not What Happened (BAM's Next Wave Festival), and the U.S. premiere of Ivan Viripaev's Illusions (Baryshnikov Arts Center). New York credits include: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, The Flea Theater, Foundry Theater, 59E59 Theaters, The Juilliard School, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Soho Rep, Works & Process. Regional credits include: Anchorage Opera, Baltimore Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Central City Opera, Cleveland Play House, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Peak Performances, Perseverance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Studio Arena, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse.

Barbara Samuels is a New York based lighting designer and producer. Recent design credits include O Earth (Foundry Theatre), and A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges/Women's Project, Obie Award), as well as collaborations with Katie Pearl, Brian Mertes, Melissa Kievman, Portia Krieger, Lee Sunday Evans, Julia Jarcho, Jessica Chayes, Shannon Gillen Lipinski and others. Barbara has served as General Manager of OBIE Award-winning 13P, is a 2016 Target Margin Institute for Theatre Making Fellow, and is currently the Producing Director of Morgan Gould & Friends. Fordham University, BA; NYU, MFA.

Junghyun Georgia Lee is a set and costume designer based in New York City. Born and raised in South Korea, She started her theater training in Canada. Later she earned her MFA from Yale School of Drama and started her design career in New York City. She has collaborated with many directors, playwrights and choreographer across the U.S., Europe and South Korea. She is a founding member of CHANCE MAGAZINE for theater design.

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