As part of the OriginKC: New Works Festival, the UMKC Theatre presents a student workshop production of Antony and Cleopatra. Playwright Christopher Chen breathes new life into the classic tragedy by William Shakespeare as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Commissioning Program, in which playwrights translate the bard into contemporary English.
Additional Support Provided by…
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
Marcia H. Bailey
Meet the Cast & Company
About the playwright
Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose works have been produced across the United States and abroad. Most recently his play CAUGHT was a New York Times Critic's Pick, and enjoyed an extended, sold out run at The Play Company. He was the
2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater, and
the 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at The Vineyard Theatre through the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. His works have been produced and developed at companies such as the American Conservatory Theater, Arcola Theatre (London), Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Ground Floor, Central Works, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, Edinburgh Fringe, hotINK Festival, Impact Theatre, InterAct Theatre,
Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, Seattle Public Theatre, Shotgun Players, Sideshow Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Sundance Theatre Lab, Theatre Mu, U.C. Berkeley/Zellerbach Playhouse and The Vineyard.
Honors include the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play; 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 M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.
About the director
Born in Independence, Missouri, Jason studied Acting and English at the University of Central Missouri before receiving an MFA in Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts. He then co-founded Three Sticks Theatre in Minneapolis, and, as Artistic Director, he created, directed, produced and performed in numerous original works, including The Gypsy & the General, Borderlines, and Mythed. Jason currently serves as Producing Director of Split Knuckle Theatre, managing logistics around university residencies and regional tours. He also works in the rehearsal room as an actor-creator of Split Knuckle's new work, including Endurance, The Curious Case of Phineas Gage, and now Band of the Black Hand. He has worked regionally at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Children's Theatre Company, Theater Latte Da, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare & Company, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association, an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a member of the American Society of Fight Directors. He has taught at numerous universities and colleges around the country, including Drake University, the University of Central Missouri, the University of Minnesota, and South Dakota State University. He is also a faculty member with Exec/Comm, teaching business presentation and communication skills.
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