by Christopher Chen

Directed by May Liang

Playwright / CHRISTOPHER CHEN , PHOTO CREDIT: Sasha Arutyunova​

Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed across the United States and abroad. SELECTED PLAYS: The Hundred Flowers Project (the Glickman Award, James Tait Black Award shortlist), The Late Wedding, Mutt and Caught (NY Times Critics Pick, Barrymore Award, Drama League Nomination for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Production). HONORS: the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award; the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was playwright in residence at The Vineyard; the Belarus Free Theater International Playwriting Competition (2nd Place); the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award.   PUBLICATIONS: Theatre Bay Area, American Theater Magazine, Theater Magazine (Yale), Dramatists Play Service. UPCOMING: You Mean To Do Me Harm at San Francisco Playhouse; Antony and Cleopatra at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; A Tale of Autumn at Crowded Fire; and Passage at The Wilma. COMMISSIONS: American Conservatory Theatre, The Aurora, Crowded Fire, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Chris is a founding member of 6NewPlays, and is currently the resident playwright at Crowded Fire. A San Francisco native, Chris is  a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State.

Director / MAY LIANG

MAY LIANG (Director) is delighted to be working with TheatreFirst for the first time! A director establishing a career in the San Francisco Bay Area, her recent credits include being the Social Impact Consultant for California Shakespeare Theater’s As You Like It, directed by Desdemona Chiang and Assistant Director for Crowded Fire Theater’s A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, directed by Mina Morita. She was accepted to participate in the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab this summer and was a Directing Fellow for Playground, directing I Had a Bird by Genevieve Jessee for the Best Of Playground 21 this year. She graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Theater and Performance Studies and Integrative Biology.