2019/2020 Season

Cambodian Rock Band

San Diego Premiere

November 12 – December 15, 2019 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

By Lauren Yee | Featuring songs by Dengue Fever

Directed by Chay Yew

Dubbed “fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” by The Los Angeles Times, this epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring a cast that performs a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, playwright and UC San Diego alum Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. A story about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.

Complete your evening at Cambodian Rock Band by making a reservation at our onsite restaurant James’ Place, just steps away from the theatre, or stop by for a drink. Click HERE to reserve your table. James’ Place opens at 5:00 pm.

See Dengue Fever LIVE!
The cast of Cambodian Rock Band will perform select songs from the show.
Tues, Nov. 5 at 8:00 pm
UC San Diego Price Center East Ballroom
$20 Tickets – Click Here to Buy


“You’re watching a breakout moment for a playwright…a haunting, wise, political and personally searing show” » Read More at The Chicago Tribune

“Fierce, gorgeous and heartwarming” » Read More at The LA Times

“A remarkable and, frankly, quite important piece of theater” » Read More at BroadwayWorld

“One of the best plays of the year” » Read More at The Chicago Reader

2019 Doris Duke Artist » Read More
2019 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award (Cambodian Rock Band) » Read More
2019 Whiting Award for emerging writers
2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award » Read More
2018 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (Cambodian Rock Band) » Read More
Was named one of ten finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female playwrights

Production Sponsors

Procopio Union Bank

Una K. Davis
Brian & Silvija Devine
The Paula Marie Black Endowment for Women’s Voices in the Art of Theatre

»Click here to purchase tickets for ACCESS Performances, Friday Fare, and other Audience Engagement Events

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, November 30 at 2:00 pm

Discovery Sunday: December 1, 2:00 pm
Guest speaker Dr. Chinary Ung (bio)

Top banner photo credit: Brooke Ishibashi in South Coast Repertory’s world-premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo by ​Tania Thompson/SCR.

Cast & Creators
Image of Lauren Yee Lauren Yee Playwright
Image of Chay Yew Chay Yew Director
Image of Brooke Ishibashi Brooke Ishibashi Neary Sothea
Image of Abraham Kim Abraham Kim Rom
Image of Jane Lui Jane Lui Pou
Image of Joe Ngo Joe Ngo Chum
Image of James Ryen James Ryen Duch
Image of Daisuke Tsuji Daisuke Tsuji Duch
Image of Moses Villarama Moses Villarama Ted Leng
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Sheila and Hughes Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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