The work of British playwright Lucy Kirkwood has found a warm and receptive audience in D.C.-area theaters. Her hilarious play about the magazine industry, NSFW, opened to popular and critical acclaim at Round House Theatre last year, and her new, slightly darker work, Chimerica, is likely to intrigue audiences as it kickstarts Studio Theatre’s fall season. The epic drama spans two decades and focuses on the heated political relationship between China and the United States. This conflict is seen through the lens of Joe, an American photojournalist, who in 1989 takes a picture of a protester facing off with a tank in Tiananmen Square. More than 20 years later, Joe goes in search of his now-famous photo’s subject in order to take advantage of the zeitgeisty topic of U.S./China relations. His opportunistic search becomes far more complicated when his professional and political motives become personal. Sinophiles aren’t the only ones who will connect with Kirkwood’s exploration of brinksmanship; Chimerica’s personal stories will resonate with viewers who aren’t versed in decades of Chinese-American relations. The play runs Sept. 9 to Oct. 18 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$81. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.