Christopher Chen

Directed by: Cressida Brown

Chinese artist Lin Bo’s harrowing story of imprisonment has the world standing to attention. His fame, however, is short-lived, as an American publisher begins to question the authenticity of his story. Is he telling the truth or has he been caught?

Accusations fly as Christopher Chen’s inventive new play exposes the thin line between truth and fiction, where it is often difficult to tell the difference between the con artist and the conned.

Part of VOLTA International Festival

Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad, including at the American Conservatory Theater, Asian American Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Sundance Theatre Lab and The Vineyard. Chris is the recipient of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was playwright in residence at The Vineyard Theatre for the 13/14 season. Other honors include: For The Hundred Flowers Project the 2012 Glickman Award, the 2012 Rella Lossy Playwriting Award, shortlisted for the 2013 James Tait Black Award, and a nomination for the Steinberg Award; for Into the Numbers 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theater International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy and a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships.

Cressida Brown is Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre and winner of the Bulldog Prinseps Bursary. Productions include Home by Gbolahan Obisesan, Amphibians by Steve Waters, Pheadre and Walking The Tightrope by writers including Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, Neil Labute, Mark Ravenhill and Timberlake Wertenbaker about Freedom of Expression, which transferred to Underbelly for Edinburgh Festival 2015. Cressida’s RE:Home by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan is currently shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Award.

Supported by

3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 September at 9.30pm
15, 16, 17, 18, 19 September at 9pm

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 90 minutes approximately (no interval).
Performed in English.