Special presentation by playwright Lauren Yee and dramaturg Andy Knight of world premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Special presentation by playwright Lauren Yee and dramaturg Andy Knight of world premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Special presentation by playwright Lauren Yee and dramaturg Andy Knight of world premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Cambodian Rock Band

By Lauren Yee
Music by Dengue Fever
Directed by Chay Yew 

Music Direction by Matt MacNelly
Dramaturgy by Andy Knight

A special presentation by playwright Lauren Yee and dramaturg Andy Knight of Cambodian Rock Band followed by a Q&A. Co-sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative, Department of Asian American Studies, and South Coast Repertory. This event is free & open to the UC Irvine community. Registration is not required.

About the Play

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. Recommendation: Age 13 and above. Contains adult language.

Lauren Yee has written King of the Yees, which premiered last season at the Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group. She two plays scheduled for upcoming productions including The Great Leap (at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory, New York Stage and& Film and Atlantic Theatre Company) and King of the Yees (ACT Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre). Her other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Mu Performing Arts), The Hatmaker’s Wife (The Playwrights Realm, Moxie Theatre, PlayPenn), Hookman (Encore Theatre , Company One Theatre), In a Word (San Francisco Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company), Samsara (Victory Gardens Theater, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center/National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund, Mu Performing Arts). She was a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and held the Page One Residency at Playwrights Realm. In a Word won the Francesca Primus Prize and was a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association/Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award. The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Her work has been published by Samuel French. She currently has commissions from Geffen Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Trinity Repertory Theatre. Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab; she earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Andy Knight is South Coast Repertory’s associate literary director and festival coordinator for the Pacific Playwrights Festival. At SCR, his dramaturgy credits include the world premieres of Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone and Catherine Trieschmann’s Theatre for Young Audiences Play, OZ 2.5, and the West Coast premiere of Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids That Blow Sh*t Up with Artists at Play. In addition to working as a dramaturg, he assists on SCR’s CrossRoads Initiative, a program that brings playwrights into the Orange County community as a way to inspire their new plays. Before SCR, Knight worked at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

If you are a UC Irvine student and would like to see a full production of the world premiere of the play Cambodian Rock Band with a Post-Show Talk Back with the cast at South Coast Repertory theatre on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 go to: http://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2018_3_13_Cambodian_Rock_Band.html

UC Irvine students will be provided a free round trip bus shuttle to the theatre and complimentary tickets to the play.

Also, South Coast Repertory is providing $10 discounted tickets for students to see the play on their own from March 4-18, 2018. Use discount code UCICRB when ordering directly from SCR or call (714) 708-5555. See the play and stay for a Post-Show Talk Back with the cast on March 13 & 14. Section A or B seating, 2 tickets per household, and subject to availability.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
  • Where: Social Science Hall 100, UC Irvine
  • Organizer: Linda Vo (email)
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