Signature Theatre Presents the New York Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band

Signature Theatre has announced that Lauren Yee will launch her Residency 5 in raucous fashion with Cambodian Rock Band, which has received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Award, the Whiting Award, and the Horton Foote Prize. Lauren draws inspiration for her plays from sources across the globe, finding humor and humanity in the most unexpected places. Paige Evans and Harold Courtney Reed Wolpert are the artistic and executive directors of Signature Theatre. Cambodian Rock Band begins preview performances on February 4th, and will open at the Irene Diamond Stage on February 24, 2020.

Guitars are tuned. Mic is checked. Let’s get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, the New York premiere of this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Abraham Kim It launches Steinberg Award- winning playwright Lauren Yee’s Residency 5. On Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm, Signature Theatre will host a night dedicated to Asian and Asian American audience members in celebration of the New York Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band! This celebration will consist of a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. To access tickets use the code CRBAA.


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Led by Artistic Director Paige Evans and Executive Director Harold Wolpert, Signature serves its mission at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. At the Center, opened in January 2012, Signature continues its original Playwright- in-Residence model as Residency 1, a year-long intensive exploration of a single writer’s body of work. Residency 5, the only program of its kind, was launched at the Center to support multiple playwrights as they build bodies of work by guaranteeing each writer three productions over a five-year period. The Legacy Program, launched during Signature’s 10th Anniversary, invites writers from both residencies back for productions of premiere or earlier plays.

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