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 / 7:00pm.
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This thoroughly cool, at times comical, and completely creepy show comes from the bordering-on-sick minds of Penn & Teller's Teller and performer-host Todd Robbins. This interactive theatrical experience opens in pitch blackness, where the ethereal sights, sounds -- and touches -- are all the more effective, achieved via the combination of wickedly clever ghost stories and eerie stage illusions. And you know you're in for a fun and terrifying time when the advisories include strobe effects, theatrical haze, interactive elements, adult themes -- and nudity. The show ran off-Broadway in 2010 to acclaim from The New York Times among others, which said "this wild, wicked show is not just a screamfest after all; it's a pretty good piece of theater." Learn More
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The program notes include the following: “Serious theatergoers have high expectations. We want to walk away from a play having been changed or at least questioned in some significant way.” This play is for serious theatergoers. Go see it.
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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.