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Join us for our upcoming free new work presentation:

Antony and Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare
in a modern verse translation by Christopher Chen
Dramaturg/Director: Desdemona Chiang

Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Leo K. Theatre

Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Artistic Director: Bill Rauch
Executive Director: Cynthia Rider
As part of Play On! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare



Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose works have been performed across the United States and abroad. Plays include The Hundred Flowers Project (Glickman Award, James Tait Black Award shortlist); The Late WeddingMuttCaught (NY Times Critics Pick, Barrymore Award, Drama League Nomination for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Production); You Mean To Do Me Harm; and Passage. Selected honors include the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award (co-winner); the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was playwright in residence at The Vineyard; the Belarus Free Theater International Playwriting Competition (2nd Place). Commissions include American Conservatory Theatre, The Aurora, Crowded Fire, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Publications include Theatre Bay Area, American Theater Magazine, Theater Magazine (Yale), Dramatists Play Service. Chris is currently resident playwright at Crowded Fire Theater Company. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State.


Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle).

Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts.

Awards/Affiliations: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator.

BA: University of California at Berkeley
 MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama