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AFO Fest


Written and Performed by Vichet Chum

Directed by Kyle Schaefer and Emily Ritger

October - November 2013


To supplement his meager artistic life, Guy works graveyard shifts at the Hotel East Houston in New York City. 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. 



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VICHET CHUM (Writer/Performer) is an actor, writer, director, producer and a founding member and Artistic Director of The Group Lab in NYC. As an actor, he has worked regionally at Trinity Repertory Company, the Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, the New Harmony Theatre and the New Harmony Project. In NYC, he has acted with Theater for the New City, Spookfish Theatre Company, Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, Incubator Arts Project, Amios Theatre Company, Ugly Rhino Productions, the MCC Theater, the Lark Play Development Center, the Slant Theatre Project and Billy & Company. Vichet also works as a writer, editor, assistant, producer and adoring fan of iTheatrics, a leading educational musical theatre company in NYC bringing musical theatre to children throughout the country. Education: BFA, the University of Evansville, MFA, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company, the Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training.


KYLE SCHAEFER (Co-Director) is a founding member of The Group Lab in NYC. Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, he attended the University of Evansville (BS Theatre Performance, French/Business Admin minors) and the American Conservatory Theater (MFA Acting). His past projects have included workshops at Williamstown Theater Festival of The Exonerated, Chekhov Project: Crazy Dreams (Adaptor), Lift and Bang, Decoy (Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays/Days), at the American Conservatory Theater: Rose the Australian Night, Sam and Marianne Write a Novel (Reading w/ Geraint Wyn Davies), and in NYC: staged readings of Riding Through the Storm (Sink or Swim Rep) and The Theory of Everything (The Group Lab).


EMILY RITGER (Co-Director) is the New Play Associate at Cleveland Public Theatre. A director, educator, administrator and dramaturge, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Evansville. A native to Wisconsin, Emily spent the last four years in Chicago where she spent time on staff at American Theater Company in the roles of Artistic Administrator and Production Manager, Redmoon Theater as their Neighborhood Arts Program Associate, Chicago High School for the Arts as an Acting Instructor and at The National High School Institute as an Acting Instructor and Director. As a freelance artist, she has worked at Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Teatro Vista and The National Public Housing Museum. She sat on American Theater Company and Redtwist Theatre’s reader committees for new work, and facilitated independent new play development for Chicago playwrights. She has training in Viola Spolin and Paul Sills’ Theater Games and Story Theater.

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