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BritCham in Your Community: The Phnom Penh Players

This October, Phnom Penh Players and La Troupe de Théâtre Francophone will be hosting three nights of absurd theatre - that is, plays unafraid to travel down the path of the bizarre. The show is composed of 4 one-act plays exploring human character, behavior and meaning when language and communication cease to function. Celebrate with us the complexities of life, love and other illnesses in all their glorious faults, vulnerabilities and irrationalities. 

TICKETS ON SALE for $10 at: 

KWest, Street 154 (Riverside)
Chez Flo, Street 308 (Bassac Lane)
Lot 369, Street 454 (Russian Market)

Proceeds from the play are donated to TlaitNo in support of independent Khmer artists:


Dates: Thu, 5 Oct // Fri, 6 Oct // Sat, 7 Oct
Time: 7:30PM
Venue: Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts (PPIIA), Street 51, near Wat Langka

The four plays performed are: 

THE ZOO STORY by Edward Albee - We remember one of America’s most masterful playwrights, Edward Albee, with a performance of his timeless classic, The Zoo Story. The play is set in Central Park, New York City and begins with two strangers, from opposite ends of society, meeting on a park bench. What begins as awkward small talk quickly takes a turn into unexpected confessions, tragic anecdotes and violent outbursts - much more than your average first-time conversation. 

LA LEÇON (The Lesson) by Eugène Ionesco, (Play is performed in French with English subtitles) - A Romanian-French playwright, considered to be one of the fathers of absurdist theatre, Eugène Ionesco, explores the emptiness of language and breakdown of human understanding through nonsensical text. A high-energy, intense play, it creates an environment of chaos and overwhelming tension.

KATIE AND FRANK by Theresa Rebeck - A short, comedic play that begins like most arguments between a husband and wife, finds its way to the extreme. She’s at her wit’s end and he can’t find the toothpaste - here’s two people who just aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.

ANDREA RESCUED by Harry Kondoleon - A perfect 50’s housewife, her cheating husband, a lost woman and a vicious man-turned-dog violently clash in a play that makes the audience question why. Why everything. Why anything.