Phnom Penh Players’ mission is to entertain, educate, and enrich the community by producing high-quality theatrical performances and promoting cultural awareness in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Players is an informal group of people who enjoy getting together and seeing what kind of theatre can be produced. It was founded in 1992 by Vicky Rodgers in Phnom Penh with the ultimate mission of entertaining while simultaneously giving back to the local community. The players give life to many shows each year, ranging from classical plays to original productions. We try to support good causes and smaller charities. We are strictly not for profit. Every play chooses a charity vetted by our community and the final proceeds are shared annually at Plazzies, a Phnom Penh Players members-only award ceremony celebrating all the charities helped and amazing theatre put forward. Since its inception, the Phnom Penh Players has presented dozens of plays in Phnom Penh, including drama (Macbeth, Missionaries, Mercenaries and Monsters), musicals (Rocky Horror Show, Shanghai Cabaret), pantomimes (Unsleeping beauty, Jack and the baked beanstalk, not to mention the first ever adult only panto in Phnom Penh – Fingerella) and everything in between.
Year after year, the community that has become the PPP keeps evolving, including more and more diverse group of volunteers from various countries, gathering in Cambodia, with one passion: theatre.
The Players offer all members of the community the opportunity to express their creativity, whether it’s acting on stage, helping with the costume designs, set designs, stage managing, or assisting with tickets. The Phnom Penh Players have a place for anyone and everyone who has an interest in being a part of true community theatre!
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Persistent Players in 30th year performing
The Phnom Penh Players, a community theater group in Cambodia, is presenting a production called Grave Affair Ft. Running on Empty & Casket for Two at the Java Creative Cafe on June 10-11. The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO), a local organization that provides mental health services to Cambodian communities. The Phnom Penh Players was founded in 1992 with the goal of entertaining and helping the community through theater, and all proceeds from their productions go to local charities chosen by the cast and crew of each play. This year, the Phnom Penh Players have supported the Rainbow Community Kampuchea Organization (ROCK) and TPO, and in the past have given to the Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) and Women Behind Bars. Grave Affair consists of two short plays written by Jean-Pierre Martinez and translated into English by Anne-Christine Gasc.
The Phnom Penh Players, a non-profit theater group in Cambodia, is presenting a play titled 12-8 at the Java Creative Cafe in Phnom Penh. The play, which was written by Cambodian playwright Sok Samithi and co-directed by Marika Els, tells the story of two young adults working at a convenience store in Phnom Penh as they navigate their relationship and their future. The play tackles themes of change and transition and is based on Samithi’s own experiences while studying abroad. The Phnom Penh Players, which was founded by international expatriates but now includes Cambodian artists and actors, is presenting the play as part of its 2022 season and in collaboration with Creative Generation, an initiative that supports up-and-coming Khmer artists.
The Phnom Penh Players, a theater group based in Cambodia, is presenting a musical called Shanghai Cabaret that is inspired by the 1969 musical Cabaret and Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin. The musical will be performed for four nights at the Chinese House and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Chhouk Sar Clinic, which provides free HIV testing and treatment to high-risk groups in Cambodia, including members of the LGBTQI community and entertainment workers. The Phnom Penh Players donate all proceeds from their productions to local charities and chose to support the Chhouk Sar Clinic due to the themes of sexuality and sex in the musical. The director of the musical, Chas Hamilton, hopes that the audience will take away a “positive story” and an “emotional connection” from the performance.
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