THE STORY: Tiananmen Square, 1989. Joe, a young American journalist, photographs a protester facing down four military tanks—an image that would captivate the world. New York, 2012. Joe is covering a presidential election marred by debate over cheap labor and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive? A gripping political examination and an engaging personal drama, CHIMERICA explores the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own.
“…a cracking thriller and a newspaper drama that can stand comparison with that masterpiece of the genre, The Front Page. …the dialogue…has a fizzing energy and wit. The play also provides a genuine insight into the workings of present day China…a hugely entertaining and at times deeply affecting play… I cannot recommend it too highly.” —The Daily Telegraph (UK). “…both fluent and seductive. …a tremendously bold piece of writing…Kirkwood mixes high seriousness and a mastery of complex issues with a fine ear for the comedy of humdrum situations. She manages to be topical without being gimmicky and well-informed without being showily so. …a triumph.” —Evening Standard (London). “[CHIMERICA] marks Kirkwood’s graduation from exciting young talent to major writer. …it’s got the originality, intelligence, richness and humour that we’ve come to expect from the best HBO dramas. …this complex portrait, inspired by a real photograph, sends you out into the night with much more to think about than you had before.” —Time Out London.