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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. 


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

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 Theatre Arts

Writer Lucy Kirkwood, the cast, and the director David Muse have done a tremendous job.

Brightest Young Things


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The Artists


Ron Menzel
Joe SchofieldRon Menzel
Paul Morella
Frank, HerbPaul Morella
Lee Sellars
Mel StanwyckLee Sellars
Tessa Klein
Tessa KendrickTessa Klein
Rob Yang
Zhang LinRob Yang
Julie-Ann Elliott
Doreen, Maria Dubiecki, and othersJulie-Ann Elliott
Kenneth Lee
Zhang Wei, Pengsi, and othersKenneth Lee
Jordan Barbour
Paul Kramer, David Barker, Peter Rourke, and othersJordan Barbour
Diana Oh
Mary Chang, Michelle, Deng, Pengsi’s Wife and othersDiana Oh
Jacob Yeh
Young Zhang Lin, Benny, and othersJacob Yeh
Kelsey Wang
Liuli, Jennifer, and othersKelsey Wang
Jade Wu
Ming Xiaoli, Feng Meihui, and othersJade Wu

Production Team

Lucy Kirkwood
PlaywrightLucy Kirkwood
David Muse
DirectorDavid Muse
M. L. Geiger
Lighting DesignerM. L. Geiger
Helen Huang
Costume DesignerHelen Huang
Matt Tierney
Sound DesignerMatt Tierney
Zachary G. Borovay
Projections DesignerZachary G. Borovay
Zach Campion
Dialect CoachZach Campion
Cliff Williams III
Fight DirectorCliff Williams III
Anthony O. Bullock
Production Stage ManagerAnthony O. Bullock
Sivan Battat
Assistant DirectorSivan Battat
Madison Bahr
Assistant Production Stage ManagerMadison Bahr