Dec 11: Special Guest Playwright Christopher Chen

On Thursday, December 11, Play Cafe will host its monthly Scene Night for playwrights to bring in their works in progress to be cold-read by skilled actors and to provide an opportunity for feedback in a moderated and supportive environment.

This month, we will meet on Thursday, December 11 from 6:45pm–10pm with our special guest, playwright Christopher Chen at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, Berkeley, CA (see below for directions).

Please arrive before 7pm to make sure the doors will be open when you arrive.

This meeting will be moderated by Patrick Brennan and will begin with a 30-minute discussion with Christopher Chen about his work. At 7:30pm, we will proceed with reading scenes that attending playwrights have brought in.

We welcome three actors to read scenes for us: Rosie Hallett, Davern Wright, and Loretta Janca (two women and one man). We will formally introduce attending playwrights who would like to volunteer to read parts during the meeting as well. If you are an actor, aspiring actor, or just a person who likes to read out loud, please volunteer your voice talents at the beginning of the meeting.

About Christopher Chen
Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad, including at the American Conservatory Theater, Asian American Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Central Works, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball Theater, Edinburgh Fringe, Fluid Motion, hotINK Festival, Just Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Silk Road Theatre Project, Sundance Theatre Lab and Theatre Mu.

Chris is the recipient of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and is currently playwright in residence at The Vineyard Theatre. Other honors include: For THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT the 2012 Glickman Award, the 2012 Rella Lossy Playwriting Award, shortlisted for the 2013 James Tait Black Award, and a nomination for the Steinberg Award; for INTO THE NUMBERS 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theater International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy and a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships.

Chris’s plays peddle in the socio-political, the psychological, the absurd and the structurally kaleidoscopic. A Bay Area native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State. He currently lives in San Francisco.

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