Extraordinary Chambers

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.

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Extraordinary Chambers

by  David Wiener

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable, The Ted Schmitt Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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?

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Accolades

  • 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

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • 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

Casting

3m, 2f
MARA - Female, American, Late 30s
CARTER - Male, American, Late 30s
SOPOAN - Male, Khmer, 40s
DR. HENG - Male, Khmer, 60s
ROM CHANG - Female, Khmer 40s
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

David Wiener

David Wiener’s play, Extraordinary Chambers, is the recipient of the ACT New Play Award, the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, and Ovation! nominations for Playwriting and Best Production (Geffen Pla ...

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Extraordinary Chambers premiered at The Geffen Playhouse in 2011, under the direction of Pam MacKinnon.

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