New Play Reading Series: “A Tale of Autumn” by Christopher Chen

  • Durham Studio Theater

  • February 9, 2017
  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III and Macbeth, along with popular “quest-for-power” TV shows Game of Thrones and House of Cards, A Tale of Autumn is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a community over time.

Join us for a reading of the play A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.


Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad. Plays include The Hundred Flowers Project and The Late Wedding (both Crowded Fire commissioned world premieres), Mutt, Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act (world premiere at the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies), You Mean To Do Me Harm, and Caught, currently showing at Shotgun Players and enjoying a sold-out run at The Play Company in New York. Honors include the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was the 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at The Vineyard; the Barrymore Award; the Glickman Award. Current commissions include American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State. He is a San Francisco native.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.