In the Camps: A Refugee Musical (9/23--9/30)

Friday, September 22, 2023


Check out the musical, in its second phase  where they'll host four intimate community performances at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center--info below.

Introducing IN THE CAMPS: A REFUGEE MUSICAL by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay! The project is currently in its second phase, where we’ll host four intimate community performances at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.

NOTE: Only 60 seats are available per show. Late seating WILL NOT be permitted - please come on time!

The story

Using songs and humor, IN THE CAMPS will take place in a refugee camp and tell the story of Laotians who’ve escaped communist Laos. While in the camps, refugees built makeshift past lives to remind them of who they were before the disruption of war. An older woman turns a storage hut into a beauty parlor. She offers hair washing, scalp massages, and haircuts to remind herself that there is still beauty in the world. A former monk erects a martial arts gym behind one of the food distribution tents. He trains young Laotians on how to regain their strength, confidence, and power. An ex-communist soldier tries to blend in. He fears violent retaliation from victims and their families if he is found out. He is also hopeful that in a camp full of Buddhists, he will be forgiven. A young newly-wed must decide on the length that she will go and the boundaries she will cross to reunite with her husband who is missing.

Book and Lyrics by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

Music and Lyrics by Ketsana Vilaylack

Directed by Ova Saopeng

C. “Meaks” Meaker as dramaturg

Featuring Soudavone Khamvongsa, Lidet Viravong, Chufue Yang, Tri Vo, and Phouthavone 'Kat' Chanthalone


  • 9/23 - 6pm show followed by talkback and reception
  • 9/24 - 1 - 3pm pop-up market followed by 3pm show
  • 9/29 - 7pm show start
  • 9/30 - 6pm show start