The Guthrie Theater Presents

Full Circle Theater Company's

Area Premiere Production of Caught


Christopher Chen

Directed by Rick Shiomi

May 17 - Jun 2, 2019

At the Guthrie Theater

Dowling Studio 

Christopher Chen


Rick Shiomi


About the Playwright

Playwright Christopher Chen is one of the rising stars of American playwriting,

with many awards and productions across

the country.

About Caught

  In this highly entertaining, dark comedy, Chen applies his playful imagination to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. This hybrid play invites us to navigate a labyrinthine trail between truth and perception, authority and authenticity, illusionary art and real jeopardy.     

CAUGHT was a huge hit with audiences at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia and received four Barrymore Award Nominations (New Play, Outstanding Direction, Acting Ensemble and Set Design) and has been produced across the country. Christopher Chen won a 2017 Obie Playwriting Award for Caught. In the most clever and imaginative ways, Chen asks us to question our own assumptions and to look deeper into the issues around us. The play challenges audiences to think about their perspectives and assumptions, to question their own beliefs and values in the search for a deeper sharing of truth, values and understanding.

Full Circle Co-Artistic Director Martha B. Johnson will serve as Assistant Director for CAUGHT.  She is a long-time collaborator of Mr. Shiomi’s and a co-founder of Mu Performing Arts where she served in its Core Group for over 20 years.

We selected CAUGHT because of its tremendous relevance to our contemporary lives, and for it’s issues at the heart of Full Circle’s mission of diversity and social justice. CAUGHT provocatively explores the shifting and elusive meaning of “truth” not only in news/journalism, but also in visual art, narrative, and in theater itself.  


CAUGHT further explores universal issues of art, freedom, dissidence, political oppression, and social justice along with American stereotypical perceptions of China and the Chinese.  It also delves into issues of appropriation, racism, and white privilege within the American intellectual elite. Adding to this complexity, CAUGHT melds various art media in its structural progression: visual art (paintings), lectures, interviews, traditional theater dialogue and monologues.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.