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May 29, 2016
Jul 3, 2016

Inspired by the works and incredible story of dissident artist Lin Bo, playwright Christopher Chen, director Seth Bockley and Sideshow Theatre Company bring a new kind of play to Chicago, blending the mediums of theatre and visual art. Confinement gives way to freedom as layers of perception peel back, with reality itself eventually coming into question in this hilarious and dangerous play. A hallucinatory new experience featuring celebrated visual artists, Caught explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth.

Produced in collaboration with Xiong Art Gallery

Approximate run time: 80 minutes
Not recommended for young theatre-goers


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. 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 San Francisco native, Chris​ is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an MFA in playwriting from S.F. State. ​


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at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Christopher Chen

directed by: Seth Bockley

featuring: Ben Chang, Ann James, Bob Kruse and Helen Young