Passage

A World Premiere by Christopher Chen
Directed by Blanka Zizka
April 18, 2018May 13, 2018

Meet the Artists

Cast

Krista Apple • F
Ross Beschler • S/R
Sarah Gliko • G/MOSQUITO/GECKO
Justin Jain • Q

Production Team

Christopher Chen • Playwright
Blanka Zizka • Director
Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Maria Shaplin • Lighting Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Christopher Colucci • Original Music and Sound Designer
Walter Bilderback • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager
Clayton Tejada • Production Manager
Christopher Chen

Christopher Chen’s plays examine the hidden patterns beneath complex systems: socio-political systems, psychological systems, systems of power. He combines naturalism with the absurd within maximalist kaleidoscopic structures. Selected plays include Caught, The Hundred Flowers Project, Into The Numbers, The Late Wedding, You Mean To Do Me Harm and Passage. A Bay Area native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.

Chen is an Obie 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 2017 Obie Award for Playwriting; the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award; 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. Current commissions include American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Playwrights Horizons. Publications include American Theatre Magazine, Dramatists Play Service, Theatre Bay Area and Theater Magazine (Yale).