Catch as Catch Can

by Mia Chung • Directed by John Steber

The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit middle class community, sharing the good times and the bad together. But when Tim Phelan comes home with some news, a shifting crisis is set in motion that tests the bonds and identities of each member of this extended family. Catch as Catch Can employs the theatrical convention of character doubling in an unconventional way to help us look again at the roles we play when at home with family.

Mia Chung is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Catch as Catch Can will premiere in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season. Page 73 produced the world premiere in Fall 2018. Ms. Chung’s play, You for Me for You, was performed at The Royal Court (London), the National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC); and is published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Distinctions include a Clubbed Thumb commission, an EST/Sloan Commission, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, grants from the NEA, a New York Theatre Workshop residency, a Playwrights’ Center/Jerome fellowship, a South Coast Repertory commission, the Working Farm residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Stavis Award, and a New Dramatists residency.  She was recently awarded a 2019 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award.

(As of July 2019)

In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series. Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.

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