If any of you are in Chicago from September 11th to October 18th, then you don’t want to miss award winning Fil-Am writer Michael Golamco’s Year Zero. I saw an ad for Year Zero in a local Filipino newspaper here in Chicago and wanted to take the opportunity to post it on Fil-Am Ako. It is being shown at the Victory Garden Theater, a place that is very familiar to me which is located in Lincoln Park where I attended DePaul University as an undergrad. Victory Garden Theater is also where I had an opportunity to watch an acclaimed Fil-Am play called the Romance of Magno Rubio. Victory Gardens is known to showcase quality plays so it is very likely that Year Zero will fail to disappoint.
Year Zero is a comedic drama about young Cambodian Americans — about reincarnation, reinvention, and ultimately, redemption.
Vuthy Vichea is sixteen years old, Cambodian American. He loves hip hop and Dungeons and Dragons. He has thick-ass glasses. He is a weird kid in a place where weirdness can be fatal: Long Beach, California. And since his best friend moved and his mother died, the only person he can talk to is a human skull he keeps hidden in a cookie jar.
Year Zero is set to world premiere as part of Victory Gardens’ 2009-2010 Season.
Michael Golamco is a critically acclaimed Fil-Am writer. As a playwright, his work has been produced at theaters across North America and internationally. Michael’s play Year Zero was the Grand Prize Winner of Chicago Dramatists’ 2008 Many Voices Project and was a finalist for the 2009 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Michael Golamco was selected by the Tribeca Film Festival for their All Access program in both Film and Theater. He was a Top 50 Project Greenlight screenwriter, and was a finalist for both the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship and the CBS Television Writing Mentorship. Michael also presented a new feature film project at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival as part of their All Access: On Track program. “The Achievers”, his first independent feature film (co-written and directed by Abraham Lim) toured film festivals around the country; his short film “Dragon of Love” (directed by Doan La, produced by Hieu Ho), was selected Best Short Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival and ran in regular rotation on the Sundance Channel. He is a member of the hot young L.A. Theater Company known as Propergander, and an alumni of LCC, UCLA’s Asian American theater company.