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Cambodian Rock Band

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND
by ​Lauren Yee
​featuring songs by Dengue Fever

Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced—his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago—it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip.

Dubbed “fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” by the Los Angeles Times, this epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring a cast that performs a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, playwright and UC San Diego alum Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. A story about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.

“Lauren Yee improbably combines a tempestuous father/daughter relationship, 1960s-influenced psychedelic surf rock, and the Khmer Rouge – it’s gloriously funny, shocking and ultimately uplifting.”
– Christopher Ashley, The Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance 2019
Daisuke Tsuji

Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play 2019
Lauren Yee

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Production 2019
South Coast Repertory

Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award 2018
Lauren Yee

Horton Foote 2018 Prize for Outstanding New American Play
Lauren Yee

The Making Of OSF’s “Cambodian Rock Band”
By Jefferson Public Radio
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Opening: March 9
Closing: October 27, 2019
https://www.osfashland.org/en/productions/2019-plays/cambodian-rock-band.aspx
CITY THEATRE – Pittsburgh, PA
First Preview: Saturday, Sept 14
Opening: Friday, Sept. 20
Closing: Sunday, Oct 6
http://www.pennsylvasia.com/2019/03/lauren-yees-play-cambodian-rock-band.html
MERRIMACK REP – Lowell, MA
First Preview: Wednesday, Oct 16
Opening: Saturday, Oct 19
Closing: Sunday, Nov. 10
https://mrt.org/show/2019-20-season-shows
LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE – San Diego, CA
Nov 12, 2019 previews start
Nov 17, 2019 opening
Dec 15, 2019 closing
https://lajollaplayhouse.org/show/cambodian-rock-band/

SIGNATURE THEATER – New York, NY
Opening: February 4
Closing: March 8, 2020
https://www.signaturetheatre.org/shows-and-events/Productions/2019-2020/Cambodian-Rock-Band.aspx

 

PORTLAND CENTER STAGE – Portland, OR
Opening: May 30, 2020
Closing: June 28, 2020
https://www.pcs.org/2019-2020-season

 

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