Cambodian-American playwright and actor Vichet Chum’s autobiographical piece
All For One Theater Festival at Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce St. New York, NY, 10014
Sun., Oct. 27th @ 7:00 pm | Sat., Nov. 2nd @ 1:00 pm
Sun., Nov. 3rd @ 4:00 pm | Fri., Nov. 8th @ 7:00 pm
Born and raised by his Cambodian immigrant parents, Vichet Chum’s autobiographical piece KNYUM delves into the story of Guy, an actor who works his graveyard shift at the Hotel East Houston in NYC. As the child of survivors of the Cambodian genocide, Chum felt the need to get their true stories exposure. Through the very personalized conversations of visitors to the hotel, he unearths the tales of these extraordinary lives.
In KNYUM Guy works graveyard shifts at the Hotel East Houston in New York City, to supplement his meager artistic life. Between the hours of 11pm and 7am, the hotel lobby transforms into a theater for Guy’s dreams and nightmares. In this space, he encounters his parents, Ma and Ba and their stories of sacrifice as survivors of the genocide in Cambodia. Meanwhile, he attempts to learn Khmer to document his parents’ stories and more immediately, prepare for his very first trip to Cambodia. The hours drudge on as Guy tries to find relative answers to the questions that plague him the most: Where are you from? Where are you going? With the great pressure of his parent’s histories weighing on his guilt, Guy searches for a bit of pardon to, at the very least, finish his shift.
The annual five week All For One Theater Festival is filled with solo performances, panels, and workshops at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St. New York, NY, 10014).
The dates for KNYUM are Sunday, October 27th at 7pm, Saturday, November 2nd at 1pm, Sunday, November 3rd at 4pm, and Friday November 8th at 7 pm
I am personally looking forward to seeing this.