Playwright Lauren Yee talks about her new play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Lauren discusses the amazing songs and sound of rock band Dengue Fever, the play’s theme of discovering the lost history of one’s parents, and her focus on writing great roles for AsianAm actors. (Intro: Safari Snob)
Lauren Yee has written King of the Yees, which premiered last season at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago) and Center Theatre Group (LA), followed by productions at ACT Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre. Her current and upcoming productions include The Great Leap; King of the Yees; and The Song of Summer. Her other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, In a Word, and Samsara. Her recent honors include the Kesselring Prize, Francesca Primus Prize, an upcoming Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and the top two plays on the 2017 Kilroys List. She is a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association/Harold Steinberg Award and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize. She has current commissions from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Trinity Repertory. She earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCSD.