Host James Dixon talks with Shawn Lee - the director for Caught which is being produced at Artist's Repertory Theatre. Caught is a show centered around a Chinese dissident artist that combines visual art and live theatre installations. Caught is presented in partnership with Portland's Geezer Gallery, and features dozens of collaborators including playwright Christopher Chen.
Artists Rep’s production of Caught is intended to be a theatrical puzzle that will unfold for audiences when they attend. The play grapples with today’s lightening rod issues about truth in media. From fake news and manipulation of truth to public gullibility, and from cultural appropriation to race-influenced perceptions, this production of Caught takes the playwright’s intentions to the furthest edge.
The art installation which also features Portland's Chinese-American artists may be viewed throughout October in the Morrison Lobby at Artists Rep, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm. The visual art exhibit will open one hour prior to the show – early arrival is suggested. An audio tour of the exhibit, narrated by Resident Artist Susannah Mars, will be available for download.
“Caught takes an unusual approach to craft the audience experience,” said Dámaso Rodríguez, Artists Rep Artistic Director. “We acknowledge this makes it tricky for press to not report on the spoilers and maintain objective truth. We ask that reporters use their best judgment in describing this performance and with the intention of letting audiences experience it for themselves.”
Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Shawn Lee
COLLABORATING ARTISTS: Greg Watanabe, Dmae Roberts, Sarah Hennessy, Chris Harder, Shawn Lee, Horatio Law, Megan Wilkerson, Sarah Gahagan, Jennifer Lin, Rodolfo Ortega, Michelle Jazuk, Luan Schooler, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Tashia Williams, Samson Syharath, Kristeen Willis Crosser, Michelle Jazuk, Charlie Capps, Tamera Lyn, Alan Cline, Clare Hungate-Hawk, Nathan Crone, Eddie Rivera, Ronan Kilkelly, Sarah Kindler
DATES: October 1 - October 29th, 2017
VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland
TIMES: Wed-Sun @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm
TICKETS: www.artistsrep.org or (503) 241-1278