Year Zero

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 began life as Heartbreaker, a ten minute play. After being expanded to a full-length, Year Zero was first publicly read in New York City with Second Generation.

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.

Year Zero is published and licensed by Samuel French, and is available directly from Sam French or from