Greg Watanabe, Rammel Chan, Eileen Doan, Peter Sipla, Aja Wiltshire and Matthew Yee in Chicago Premiere Of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band runs April 5 – May 5, 2019 with press performance on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Victory Gardens is also pleased to announce a partnership with Lincoln Hall to present Dengue Fever in concert on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Rammel Chan, Matthew Yee and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Rammel Chan, Matthew Yee and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Cambodian Rock Band is presented with City Theatre Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Following the run at Victory Gardens Theater, Cambodian Rock Band will be presented at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA, September 14 – October 6, 2019, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, October 16 – November 10, 2019.

Rammel Chan and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Rammel Chan and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

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 individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. 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. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee’s (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.

Matthew Yee and Rammel Chan. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Matthew Yee and Rammel Chan. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

The cast of Cambodian Rock Band includes Rammel Chan (Duch), Eileen Doan (Pou/Guard/Keyboard), Peter Sipla (Rom/Journalist/Drums), Greg Watanabe (Chum/Bass), Aja Wiltshire (Neary/Sothea/Vocals), and Matthew Yee (Leng/Ted/Guitar).

Matthew Yee and Aja Wiltshire. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Matthew Yee and Aja Wiltshire. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

The creative team includes Matt MacNelly (music direction), Yu Shibagaki (scenic design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), and Mikhail Fiskel (sound design).

Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Aja Wiltshire and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Lead Partner for the Victory Gardens Theater production of Cambodian Rock Band is the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial located at 2831 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL. www.cambodianmuseum.org

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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