by David Wiener
Full Length Play, Drama / 3m, 2f
When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives.
When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives. As business deals unravel and personal negotiations brim with political consequences, Carter and Mara become personally entangled with Khmer Rouge victims and perpetrators, and must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing justice for many. Genocide, complicity, greed, and love collide in this play that shines a light on the human experience and asks how far are we willing to go to survive?
- WINNER! The LA Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play
WINNER! The American Conservatory Theatre New American Play Prize, 2010
"A stunning fictional drama." – LA Splash, Read More
"Wiener's thoughtful drama has the flavor of a political thriller in a John Frankenheimer or Costa-Gavras vein. The nail-biting tension derives from an atmosphere of paranoia, as citizens still trying to recover from a history of unimaginable brutality live among suspected perpetrators of the atrocities." – Backstage, Read More
"Beautifully crafted… cleverly subversive, edgy drama that strikingly conveys the weight of history." – LAist, Read More
- Intense Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Flexible Set – 2 Locations: A hotel room, a villa in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
CARTER - Male, American, Late 30s
SOPOAN - Male, Khmer, 40s
DR. HENG - Male, Khmer, 60s
ROM CHANG - Female, Khmer 40s
- Multicultural casting
Extraordinary Chambers premiered at The Geffen Playhouse in 2011, under the direction of Pam MacKinnon.