Broadway & Beyond Theatricals will present the North American tour of the Signature Theatre production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever, directed by Chay Yew, during the 2021-2022 season. The tour, which is the first ever Signature Theatre production to embark on a tour, will play Berkeley Repertory Theatre and many other stops to be announced along with on-sale dates and casting.
Playwright Lauren Yee said, “When I first wrote Cambodian Rock Band, I never could have anticipated the deep investment and love audiences have shown for this moving, universal father/daughter story. Thanks to that incredible momentum from those across the country, we have been given the opportunity to share this work with an even broader audience, especially in the Bay Area, where I was born and raised.”
The Signature Theatre production of Cambodian Rock Band played on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center during the 2019-2020 season. Hailed as “the first great play of 2020” (Theatermania) 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. It launched Steinberg Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s Residency 5.
Signature Theatre’s Off-Broadway production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band received a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Francis Jue and Obie Awards for Joe Ngo for Performance and Mikhail Fiksel for Sound Design. The production was nominated for a 2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, 2020 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Francis Jue, a 2020 Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production of Play and a 2020 Drama League Distinguished Performance for Joe Ngo.
For the most up-to-date news about the upcoming Cambodian Rock Band North American tour, please visit BBTheatricals.com.
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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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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