October 1, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Morrison Stage | 90 min. with no intermission

An installation of visual art and live theatre presented in partnership with The Chújú Gallery/SF and The Geezer Gallery

“Lin Bo’s artwork – in combination with the theatrical installation, Qín (Caught) – is a fascinating labyrinth. The performance itself is compulsively engaging, chockfull of twists and impish conspiracy. Spoiler Alert: Come prepared to be surprised!” – San Francisco News

Ripped from today’s headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, artist Lin Bo’s work, Qín (Caught), presents a sly philosophical puzzle that investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction in the crafting of art and news. The show features Lin, a dissident visual, performance and conceptual artist whose piece, Shìwēi (‘Rally’), led to his arrest and two-year detention by the Chinese government in 2012. After his release, Lin moved to San Francisco and launched a traveling exhibition of his work to Vancouver BC, Tacoma, Portland, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. In each city, Lin is partnering with theatre companies rather than traditional gallery spaces; in Portland, Artists Rep is hosting the exhibit.

The Artists Rep exhibition includes his current work, as well as a new theatrical piece, Qín (Caught), a lively exploration of the American obsession with ‘story’ and ’narrative’ as markers for ‘authenticity.’ Lin will be introducing the work at each performance, and discussing his harrowing experiences in detention under the Chinese authorities. Recently profiled by The New Yorker Magazine, he is writing a book about his journey as a dissident artist in an authoritarian culture, which will be published following this tour. In Portland, Lin is collaborating with artists: playwright Christopher Chen, Dmae Roberts, Chris Harder, Sara Hennessy, Greg Watanabe, Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Megan Wilkerson, Sarah Gahagan, Jennifer Lin, Rodolfo Ortega, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Samson Syharath and Shawn Lee to recreate this piece for Portland viewers.  

Static elements of Lin Bo’s work may be viewed throughout October in the Morrison Lobby at Artists Rep on Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm. Tickets to the live performance, where attendees can hear Lin’s introductory remarks, are available starting Aug. 1.

For further research surrounding the art installation and performance piece of the play, you can read about Mike Daisey here and James Frey here

Cast and Production Team


Christopher Chen


Shawn Lee


Lin Bo



Collaborating Artist: Horatio Hung-Yan Law

Collaborating Artist: Megan Wilkerson #^

Collaborating Artist: Sarah Gahagan ^

Collaborating Artist: Jennifer Lin

Collaborating Artist: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Collaborating Artist: Michelle Jazuk +

Collaborating Artist: Mary McDonald-Lewis

Collaborating Artist: Luan Schooler

Collaborating Artist: Tashia Williams

Collaborating Artist: Samson Syharath

Collaborating Artist: Tamera Lyn ±

Collaborating Artist: Charlie Capps

Collaborating Artist: Alan Cline

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




Caught named one of 7 essential Portland Theatre tickets by The Oregonian.

“One step into the Morrison Lobby and you're already caught in Christopher Chen's wondrous work that surely defines next-level theater.”
-Lee Williams, The Oregonian

“…Caught is like a hall of mirrors, where the more you look, the less sure you are what's real and what's just a reflection.”
-Krista Garver, Broadway World Portland

“Artist Rep has created a unique theatrical experience that pulls the rug out from under the audience and leaves them questioning everything.”
-TJ Acena, Oregon Artswatch

Caught is wildly entertaining. Its hairpin narrative turns may be unsettling, but they're the reason the entire experience is a giddy thrill.”
-Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week

“…a seamless presentation of thought, idea, interactive play, and visual and intellectual engagement that defies easy description, and begs to be experienced.”
-Meg Currell, EDGE Media Network

Caught is equal parts theater and art installation. Part workplace comedy. Part sitcom. Part interview. Part lecture. Caught defies the limits of what we expect from a theater from the minute audiences walk in the front door.”
-Cassie Duncanson, PSU Vanguard

“I highly recommend this show but be prepared to be amazed…and ponder afterwards your own avenues of coping with a very complicated world.”
-Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

“Leave your expectations on the coat rack!”
-Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews

“What distinguishes Lin from most conceptual artists is how elegantly he blends personal stories, historical digressions and philosophical ruminations. He has the curiosity of a highly literate dilettante and a preoccupation with alternative histories, secrets large and small, and the fuzzy line where truth and fiction blur.”
– Art Leap Quarterly

“Lin Bo’s work is as funny as it is uncomfortable, all the more so because the issues it brings up are serious — questions on the veracity of scholarship versus lived experience, whose accounts can be seen as authoritative, and the reliability of memory.”
– The Mercury Tribune

Read Willamette Week's interview with playwright Christopher Chen here.