Inside Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Opening Night

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CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND opening night toast at Signature Theatre in New York on February 24, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

A fabulous time was had by all at the opening night of the New York premiere of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center on February 24. Scroll down for photos of the opening night party.

Tamlyn Tomita, Randall Friesen, Chay Yew, Sandra Oh and Daniel Blinkoff. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Chay Yew and featuring songs by Dengue Fever, Cambodian Rock Band began preview performances on February 4 on The Irene Diamond Stage and due to popular demand, has extended for the second time by one week and will now play through March 22nd.

Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Paige Evans, Executive Director Harold Wolpert. Photo by Lia Chang

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! Called “the first great play of 2020” by TheaterMania, The New York Times says “there is a compelling heart of darkness in Cambodian Rock Band.” New York Magazine calls it a “powerful, killer Khmer-language rock show” and it is deemed “part-play, part rock concert, and excellent” by The Daily Beast.

Daniel Blinkoff, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Paige Evans and and Executive Director Harold Wolpert. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Cambodian Rock Band includes Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom/Journalist, Jane Lui as Pou/S21 Guard, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng/Cadre.

Moses Villarama, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed, Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for Cambodian Rock Band includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Luke Norby (Projection Design) and Matt MacNelly (Music Supervision). The Production Stage Manager is Charles M. Turner III and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Chay Yew, Moses Villarama, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Lauren Yee, Courtney Reed, Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

Team CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Lia Chang

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Courtney Reed, Amy Kim Waschke, Tamlyn Tomita, Daniel Dae Kim, Jane Lui, Daniel Blinkoff and Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Randall Friesen, Jane Lui, Chay Yew, Lia Chang, Tamlyn Tomita, Daniel Blinkoff. Photo by Garth Kravits

Video and Photos: Inside the 2nd Asian American Night of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre

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 filmsWolf, 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. 

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