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.
Cast Recording available on CD! Features 12 songs from the Signature Theatre New York production of Cambodian Rock Band.
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
Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play 2019
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Production 2019
South Coast Repertory
Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award 2018
Horton Foote 2018 Prize for Outstanding New American Play
2019 Doris Duke Artist
San Diego Theatre Critics Circle2019 Craig Noel Awards Outstanding Dramatic Production
Cambodian Rock Band
San Diego Theatre Critics Circle2019 Craig Noel Awards Outstanding Direction of a Play
San Diego Theatre Critics Circle2019 Craig Noel Awards Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play
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