Extraordinary Chambers: Political Drama Set in Present Day Cambodia at Geffen Playhouse
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The last date listed for Extraordinary Chambers was Sunday June 26, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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Watch a video of playwright David Wiener discussing his play Extraordinary Chambers.
As the Khmer Rouge once again attracts international attention, this world premiere play gets to the heart of the headlines. 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 must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing the justice of many.
“This production will be our fourth world premiere this season, and by virtue of exploring a global phenomenon with precise, personal perspective, Extraordinary Chambers is exactly the type of work we’re looking for in regards to new plays ” said Producing Director Gil Cates.
“At the time that we were selecting_ Extraordinary Chambers_, the very
trials that are present within it were bringing down indictments, and the global gaze turned toward the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia. Although I believe that good theater must be personal, what a delight it is when the political and the personal intersect with such fluidity as is the case with David Wiener’s play."
_Extraordinary Chambers _was workshopped as part of South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwrights Festival in 2009; there was a subsequent reading as part of the Ojai Playwrights Conference in August of the same year. The Geffen Playhouse run is the world premiere of the fully staged production.