CitySpeaks

Introducing the Pittsburgh City Theatre’s inaugural CitySpeaks podcast all about the making of Cambodian Rock Band. Part thrilling new play, part electrifying rock concert, Cambodian Rock Band is an epic tale of family, love, and heritage featuring the Cambodian surf rock music of Dengue Fever. This podcast is all about how the show came together with stories from the people who know it best. Stay tuned for episode 1, dropping on September 6, 2019.



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#3 – Lauren Yee

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Episode 3 of City Theatre’s CitySpeaks podcast features City Theatre’s Clare Drobot in conversation with Lauren Yee, whose play, Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered at South Coast Rep. and is now at City Theatre on Pittsburgh’s Southside.

Lauren and Clare discuss life as a playwright, and how research and a trip to Cambodia inspired an incredible story.More about Lauren: Subsequent productions of Cambodian Rock Band have appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. Yee’s play The Great Leap, has been produced at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, and InterAct Theatre, with future productions at Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, and Asolo Rep. Honors include the Doris Duke Artists Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List. She’s a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists members, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. TV credits include: PACHINKO (Apple) and SOUNDTRACK (Netflix). Current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale. MFA: UCSD. 

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CitySpeaks podcast is all about the making of Cambodian Rock Band. Part thrilling new play, part electrifying rock concert, Cambodian Rock Band is an epic tale of family, love, and heritage featuring the Cambodian surf rock music of Dengue Fever. This podcast is all about how the show came together with stories from the people who know it best. Stay tuned for episode 1, dropping on September 6, 2019.

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Clare Drobot joined City Theatre as the director of new play development in March 2015. Prior to that, she was the resident dramaturg/producing associate at Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University. She also served as a literary associate for Passage Theatre in Trenton and ran the reading series Untitled at Happy Ending in New York City. Clare has worked in various capacities at PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The McCarter Theatre, The BE Company, Laura Stanczyk Casting, and New Dramatists. She has helped to develop works by Dominique Morisseau, Stephen Belber, James McManus, Chisa Hutchinson, Dave Harris, Matt Schatz Anna Ziegler, and Carla Ching among others. Her work as a writer has been seen at venues including Ars Nova’s ANT FEST, The New Hazlett Theatre’s CSA Series (with composer Nathan Zoob), and developed by Luna Stage and Passage Theatre. Clare co-chaired the 2016/17 Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders steering committee and volunteers with Strong Women Strong Girls and FAMES. She is a Carnegie Mellon graduate with degrees in music composition and creative writing, and a member of LMDA and the WGA..

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