June 6 – 30, 2013
By David Wiener
Directed by Seema Sueko
Read about the project outcomes by clicking here and find the reviews below.
Performances at Mo`olelo at The 10th Ave Theatre
930 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Extraordinary Chambers is the story of an American couple who travel to Cambodia for a business trip, but become personally entangled with Khmer Rouge victims and survivors. The genocide, complicity, survival, greed and love collide in this play that shines a light on the Cambodian experience and asks how far are we willing to go to survive?
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Performances from June 6 – 30, 2013 at Mo`olelo at The 10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
June 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 at 8:00 PM
June 9 at 2:00 PM
$15 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$20 Regular Adult
$15/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$12/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*
Press Opening Night Performance and Post-Show Party
June 14 at 8:00 PM
$30 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$40 Regular Adult
June 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 8:00 PM
June 16, 23, 30 at 2:00 PM
$22 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$30 Regular Adult
$22/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$15/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*
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*Discounted group rates only valid for reservations made at least 24 hours in advance online or over the phone. They are not valid for purchases at the door on the day of the performance. Regular single ticket rates apply for all walk-in purchases made at the Box Office, even if you are affiliated with a group attending the same date. Nonprofit groups, please call 619-342-7395 to order your tickets.
**The theater has an open seating policy. If you are booking your reservation online and you or someone in your party requires accessible seating, please fill out the “Wheelchair Seats” field when requesting the total amount of seats you wish to purchase.
Education and Outreach
Free Pre- and Post-Show Talks (subject to change, please check back for most current schedule):
Friday, June 7 – Post-show talk: Surviving the Khmer Rouge as Seen from the Eyes of a Child. Chanra Chheun will share the remarkable journey of her survival, as described in the recently published book, BLACK DIAMOND: A Cambodian Story, based on her life.
Sunday, June 9 - Post-show talk with Kathi Anderson, Executive Director of Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). There are an estimated 11,000 torture survivors living in San Diego. Ms. Anderson will discuss how SURVIVORS is facilitating healing for torture survivors and their families here in San Diego who have come from over 70 countries around the world.
Sunday, June 16 – Post-show talk with Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia Civil Party Lawyer. Nushin Sarkarati is a human rights attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco and is presently representing Cambodian survivors from the US diaspora in their claims for reparations before the ECCC. Nushin will share her experiences working with victims of the Khmer Rouge and their continued pursuit of justice, over 30 years after the end of the conflict that decimated Cambodia.
Wednesday, June 19 – Post-show talk: Cambodian Women in the Political Sphere. Dr. Dee Aker (Interim Director – Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice) and Ms. Zahra Ismail (IPJ Program Officer) will share from their recent experiences with women leaders seeking to gain and sustain increased participation by women in the Cambodian political system, which is still under the Khmer People’s Party rule. Click here to read more about the IPJ’s work in Cambodia.
Thursday, June 20 – Post-show talk: A Conversation about Global Justice. Professor William Aceves (California Western School of Law) will offer some comments about the Extraordinary Chambers proceedings and discuss similar efforts to promote justice around the world.
Thursday, June 27, 7:15 PM – Pre-show talk with Deborah Klochko, Executive Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts.
In concert with Extraordinary Chambers, The 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre Resident Visual Artist Gerald Montoya will curate a group exhibition called “Frame of Reference” in the third floor galleries of The 10th Avenue Theatre. We invite you to arrive at the theater as early as one hour prior to show time to give yourself time to enjoy this free exhibit. For additional information, including scheduled Artist’s Opening Reception, visit http://www.
Sponsors & Partners
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust
Extraordinary Chambers Artistic Team
Playwright: David Wiener
Director: Seema Sueko*
Cast: (in alphabetical order) Esther K. Chae,* Manny Fernandes, Albert Park, Erika Beth Phillips,* Greg Watanabe*
Stage Manager: Sharon E. Strich
Scenic Designer: David F. Weiner
Lighting Designer: Jason Bieber
Costume Designer: Jeannie Galioto
Sound Designer: Joseph Huppert
Props Designers: Tim Nottage / Carlos Wauman
Graphic Design: Seabright Studio
Illustrator: Kristina Micotti
Reviews & Articles
- “Historical Human Behavior,” by Charlene Baldridge, San Diego Uptown News [6/21/13]
- “Mo`olelo’s Extraordinary Chambers Explores the Darkness,” by David L. Coddon, San Diego City Beat [6/19/13]
- “Watanabe Returns to Extraordinary Chambers,” Los Angeles Japanese Daily News [6/17/13]
- “Extraordinary Chambers — Critic’s Pick,” San Diego Reader [6/17/13]
- “Extraordinary Chambers: Mo`olelo’s Leap into the Soul of the Human Condition,” by Carol Davis, The Examiner [6/16/13]
- “THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Extraordinary Chambers’ by Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company,” by Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News [6/15/13]
- “REVIEW: Love, Morality at Odds in ‘Chambers,'” by Pam Kragen, U-T San Diego [6/15/13]
- “Extraordinary Chambers: Powerfully Acted still underwhelming,” by David Dixon, San Diego Story [6/15/13]
- “Mo`olelo Hosts Serious Visit to Extraordinary Chambers,” Mission Valley News [6/14/13]
- “Weekend Preview: Extraordinary Chambers…” by Carissa Casares & Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS [6/13/13]
- “Chambers Probes Love, Loss,” by James Hebert, U-T San Diego [6/4/13]
- “Extraordinary Chambers,” by Patty Ducey-Brooks, Presidio Sentinel [6/1/13]
- “Surviving Genocide — or Personal Tragedy,” by Pat Launer, The San Diego Jewish Journal [6/1/13]
- “Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company,” NBC San Diego [5/23/13]