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 a comedic drama about young Cambodian Americans — about reincarnation, reinvention, and ultimately, redemption.
Year Zero was developed at Chicago Dramatists through its Many Voices Project, and was selected as its Grand Prize Winner. It was also a finalist for the 2009 Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference. Year Zero was also nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work.
Year Zero world premiered at Chicago’s Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in September 2009 and had its New York City premiere at Second Stage Theater in Spring 2010; its West Coast premiere arrived at the Colony Theatre in Summer, 2011.