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This award-winning play reminds us of an image that arrested the world: a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Set against the background of the US 2012 election, Chimerica is a political thriller that takes a hard look at the role corruption and censorship play in China and America, and the possibility for connection between peoples even amid the adversarial posturing of governments.

Runtime: Act 1 – 65 minutes; Act 2 – 65 minutes


November 27 – December 19, 2021
The Maverick
(former East Liberty YMCA)

Meet the Cast

Kyle Haden

Kyle Haden*


Hansel Tan

Hansel Tan*

Zhang Lin

Mei Lu Barnum

Mei Lu Barnum*

Mary Chang, Pengsi’s Daughter, Deng, Nurse

Brian Kim

Brian Kim*

Zhang Wei, Wang Pengsi

Jason McCune

Jason McCune*


John Michnya

John Michnya

David, Paul, Peter

Ariel Xiu

Ariel Xiu

Liuli, Jennifer

John Shepard

John Shepard*


Alison Weisgall

Alison Weisgall*


Tobias Wong

Tobias C. Wong*

Young Zhang Lin, Guard, Benny

Elena Alexandratos

Elena Alexandratos*

Maria, Barb, Doreen, Judy, Kate

Mimi Jong

Mimi Jong

Feng Meihui, Ming Xiaoli


Scenic Design – Noah Glaister
Lighting Design – Mary Ellen Stebbins
Projection Design – Carolina Loyola-Garcia
Costume Design – Margaret McGrann
Sound Design – Steve Shapiro
Fight Director – Randy Kovitz
Technical Specialist, Audio Engineer – Derek A. Ziarko
A2/Board Operator – Anthony Del Grosso
Production Stage Manager – Cory Goddard*
Assistant Stage Manager, Wardrobe Support, Various Roles – Sophia Grace Marshall
COVID-19 Compliance Officer, Assistant Director, Various Roles – Zev Woskoff
COVID-19 Compliance Officer 2: Joana Tsuhlares

*denotes Actors’ Equity Association member

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