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The Making Of OSF's "Cambodian Rock Band"

Jenny Graham
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Cambodian Rock Band (2019). From left: Joe Ngo (Chum), Brooke Ishibashi (Sothea), Abraham Kim (Rom), Jane Lui (Pou), Moses Villarama (Leng).

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival play "Cambodian Rock Band" packs a lot into a single production: music, comedy, tragedy, even genocide.

The murders of more than a million Cambodians (closer to two million) by the Khmer Rouge is just one of the storylines in the play by Lauren Yee, with music by the band Dengue Fever.

Imagine the work it takes to pull it off on stage night after night. We ask about that, as cast members and a member of Dengue Fever visit to talk about the play and what it took to pull together.

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