The Motion

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

November 6 @ 3pm
November 13 @ 3pm

How do we value a meaningful life? What does it mean to be human? This fiercely intelligent play takes us on a visceral exploration and collective examination of these questions when four eminent scholars gather before a live audience in what appears to be a straight-forward debate about animal rights. But as their arguments turn progressively more personal, the debate itself takes a series of shocking and unexpected turns sending them on an epic, kaleidoscopic journey into the heart of what we truly believe.

THE MOTION was originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer, with Funds provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


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CHRISTOPHER CHEN is a San Francisco native whose plays include The Headlands (wp: LCT3, upcoming: ACT), Passage (wp: Wilma Theater; NY premiere: Soho Rep), Caught (NYT Critics' Pick, wp: InterAct Theatre, NY premiere: The Play Company), You Mean To Do Me Harm (wp: S.F. Playhouse), The Late Wedding (wp: Crowded Fire), The Hundred Flowers Project (wp: Crowded Fire), and The Podcaster (Audible audio play). HONORS: OBIE Award for Playwriting (for Caught), USA Fellow, Steinberg Award (co-winner), Lanford Wilson Award (co-winner), Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship, Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Glickman Award (for The Hundred Flowers Project), and the inaugural Ollie Award. Chris is currently under commission at Playwrights Horizons and Portland Center Stage. He also has an overall deal at Amazon TV.


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