9/9/15 – 10/18/15


In 1989, Joe, a young American journalist, photographs a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square. In 2012, with election season bringing US-China relations into the spotlight, Joe decides to seek out the subject of his most famous image—just as an old friend from China reaches out with an agenda of his own. A sensation in its London run, Chimerica covers two decades in the history of two superpowers as it considers political change, personal responsibility, and the stories that exist beyond the margins of a frame.

Play Name

Show Information

Runtime: 3 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production contains strobe-like effects.

Chimerica is generously underwritten
by Gerald and Laura Rosberg.
Studio is also grateful to Esthy and James Adler
for their additional support.


The Artists


Production Team


Blythe R. D. Quinlan

Blythe R.D. Quinlan returns to Studio Theatre where she has designed Chimerica, Venus in Fur and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. Recent theatre work includes Coriolanus/Wallenstein at Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Wheel at Steppenwolf Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage, Cure at Troy at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Iphegenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre NYC, The Greeks at The Juilliard School, and King Lear at Yale Repertory Theatre. Recent film and television work includes Happiness, Boardwalk Empire, Gotham, A Most Violent Year, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Julie and Julia, and many others. Ms. Quinlan is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.

(As of September 2015)


M. L. Geiger

Mary Louise Geiger has designed Chimerica, Time Stands Still and Invisible Man (Helen Hayes Award) for Studio Theatre. Upcoming projects include The Crucible at the Cleveland Play House, The Sound of Music at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and the new play Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her work has been seen on Broadway in The Constant Wife, and most recently in New York with Dael Orlandersmith’s new work Forever at the New York Theatre Workshop. Additional New York credits include shows with Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre, and Ars Nova. Her design for Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse played St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York and toured around the United States and internationally. Ms. Geiger is Head of Lighting in the Department of Design for Stage and Film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and trained at the Yale School of Drama.

(As of September 2015)


Helen Huang

Helen Huang designs her 29th production at Studio with White Pearl. Her regional credits include Alice in Wonderland at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Great Leap at Guthrie Theater; Matilda the Musical at The Children’s Theatre, Minneapolis; and Miss Bennet and Christmas at Pemberley at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. DC area credits include JQA at Arena Stage; A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Roundhouse; Fences at Ford’s Theatre; Me…Jane at The Kennedy Center; and Fickle: A Fancy French Farce at Olney Theatre Center. She has received a Helen Hayes Award and an Ivey Award. Helen is a professor of MFA Costume Design at University of Maryland, College Park.

(As of October 2019)


Matt Tierney

Matt Tierney has designed Chimerica for Studio Theatre. He recently designed the Broadway production of Machinal (2014 Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award). Other recent credits include The Tempest (The Public), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), The Sound and The Fury (Elevator Repair Service/The Public), Appropriate (Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum). His Off Broadway work includes Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre); Pocatello, The […] Watson Intelligence, Detroit, Kin, This (Playwrights Horizons); An Octoroon, Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream (TFANA); Generations, Uncle Vanya, A Public Reading […] About The Death Of Walt Disney, Blasted (Hewes Award) (Soho Rep); Luck of the Irish (LCT3); and work with the The Wooster Group and Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company. With Elevator Repair Service, he has designed The Sound and The Fury, Arguendo, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (OBIE and Lortel awards, 2012). His regional credits include productions at Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Long Wharf, Great Lakes Theater, and Center Theatre Group.

(As of September 2015)


Zachary G. Borovay

Zachary G. Borovay has designed projections for Broadway, Las Vegas spectaculars, circuses, concerts, theme parks, operas, museums, and art installations. Recent Broadway credits include Rock of Ages (also London, Australia, Las Vegas, Toronto, Norwegian Cruise Line, national and UK tours), Holler If Ya Hear Me, No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Ann, Evita (also national tour), Elf, Lombardi (Drama Desk nomination), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), and Xanadu (also national tour, Japan). Recent regional credits include The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre), Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), and Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Additional credits include The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Peepshow (Las Vegas), and Voyage de la Vie (Resorts World, Singapore). Mr. Borovay is also an accomplished bassist (Berklee College of Music).Chimerica was his first production with Studio Theatre.

(As of September 2015)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


Zach Campion

Zach Campion is a freelance voice, speech and dialect coach originally from San Antonio, TX. Recent credits at Studio include coaching dialect for P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Kings, The Remains, Vietgone, Hand to God, and Terminus. Other DC credits include the world premiere of Kleptocracy, Indecent, Sovereignty, The Price, and Smart People at Arena Stage; The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre; Matilda, Tiger Style, Oil, Labour of Love, The Invisible Hand, Aubergine, Annie, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, and Angels in America (Parts 1 & 2) at Olney Theatre Center; and the world premiere of The Gulf and Heisenberg at Signature Theatre. Zach is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ® and is a member of the Studio Acting Conservatory faculty. He holds MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Performance and Production from Texas State University.

(As of August 2019)


Cliff Williams III

Cliff Williams III has been choreographing and directing for the last twelve years, mostly in the DC area. His credits include Chimerica at Studio Theatre, Dracula, The Scene, and Six Years at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Shoplifters, Gem of the Ocean, and Long Day’s Journey into Night at Arena Stage; Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Angels in America at Forum Theatre, and The Argument and Yentl at Theater J.

(As of September 2015)


Anthony O. Bullock

Anthony O. Bullock returns to Studio Theatre after previously being the Resident Stage Manager for two seasons. Prior Studio credits include The Hard Problem, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, Jumpers for Goalposts, and Laugh. Additional DC area credits include Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, and Theater J, where he will be their new Resident Stage Manager for the 2019-2020 season. Other regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Passage Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company, among others. He toured with The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman in association with the Goodman Theatre, as part of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. Anthony received his BFA from Oklahoma City University. He is also on the board of The Stage Managers’ Association as the Eastern Regional Director. He is a proud member of AEA. 

(As of April 2019)


Sivan Battat

Sivan Battat is Studio Theatre’s 2015–2016 Artistic Apprentice, where she serves as the resident assistant director. This season, she has assistant directed Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Apple Family Plays, and Chimerica. Outside of Studio, Ms. Battat has worked with a number of artists including Kim Weild, Lily Whitsitt, Faye Driscoll, Yuri Kordonsky, and Rinde Eckert. She has worked at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, as well as New Haven-based companies Elm Shakespeare and Collective Consciousness Theatre. She most recently worked with the Doris Duke Building Bridges Grant to develop a new commission with Leila Buck for the Muslim Women’s Voices Series at Wesleyan University. She has spent time working with various peace-based groups abroad including the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa in South Tel Aviv, and a young artists’ festival in Sderot, Israel. Ms. Battat spent a semester training at the Moscow Art Theatre School and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she received her BA in Theater and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.

(As of April 2016)


Madison Bahr

Madison Bahr's Studio Theatre productions include Queen of Basel, The Remains, Moment, Murder Ballad, Chimerica, and The Torch Song Trilogy. Other regional credits include Cabaret at Olney Theatre Center; Billy Elliot: The Musical at Signature Theatre; Charlotte’s Web and The Little Mermaid at Imagination Stage; Kiss and Guards at the Taj at Woolly Mammoth; Our Suburb at Theater J; ReEntry, Next Fall, and Glengarry Glen Ross at Round House Theatre; and In The Heart Of America at Rep Stage. Madison holds a BA in Theatre with a focus in Stage Management from the University of Maryland (College Park).

(As of October 2019)


Kirkwood’s whip-smart script is handled by the cast with such expertise and nimble authenticity that I would watch and hear them play it again in a heartbeat.
DC Metro Theater Arts
Epic and intimate, this play has size and ambition like nothing else on a D.C. stage in 2015.
Washington City Paper
The performances leave us wanting for nothing.
DC Theatre Scene
Writer Lucy Kirkwood, the cast, and the director David Muse have done a tremendous job.
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