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Full Length, Drama
2 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 4, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3646-7


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: An art gallery hosts a retrospective of the work of a legendary Chinese dissident artist who was imprisoned in a Chinese detention center for a single work of art. Recently profiled in The New Yorker, the artist himself is present, and shares with patrons the details of an ordeal that defies belief. A labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, social justice, and cultural appropriation, where nothing is as it first appears.
Winner of a 2017 Obie Award for Playwriting.

“…[an] intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play about the anatomy of truth and the provocative power of illusion…” —The New York Times.

“…boundary-pushing…Chen gleefully pokes fun at the myriad fallacies that presently reign over American art and media: the sanctity of identity, the disdain for ‘appropriation,’ and the belief that journalists can and should report a perfectly objective truth.” —TheaterMania.

“…one of the smartest, most cynical, heart-wrenching, brain-teasing comedies I’ve seen in a long while…The only truth this play has to offer is that truth is unknowable…a clever, highly theatrical comedy, a spectacular con.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.