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.
The performances leave us wanting for nothing.
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.
Writer Lucy Kirkwood, the cast, and the director David Muse have done a tremendous job.
On assignment in China in 1989, photojournalist Joe Schofield captures what will become his most famous image: a protester standing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square.Read More
Lucy Kirkwood’s epic and thrilling Chimerica kicks off Studio’s 2015-16 season on September 9th. The cast, designers, staff, and supporters gathered on August 3rd in the Mead Theatre to celebrate the show’s first rehearsal. Artistic Director David Muse—who also directs the production—introduced the full company and spoke about the play’s origins and influences.Read More
“Photographs, which cannot themselves explain anything, are inexhaustible invitations to deduction, speculation, and fantasy,” writes Susan Sontag in her seminal essay collection On Photography, “Photography implies that we know about the world if we accept it as the camera records it. But this is the opposite of understanding, which starts from not accepting the world as it looks.”Read More