What You Are Now

Education Level
Higher Education

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Are we stuck with our memories – or can we fix them? Pia is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on changing the way we process traumatic experiences. Will Pia’s emotionally distant mother - who survived the Khmer Rouge in 1970’s Cambodia – benefit from her daughter’s work? Or are some things just too terrible to remember?

Includes a conversation with Dr. Daniela Schiller, a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2023.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in November 2022.





This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’  Relativity Series of science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.


Directed by Anna Lyse Erikson
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
An L.A. Theatre Works Full-Cast Performance Featuring:
Carie Kawa as Pia
Tess Lina as Chantrea
Joe Ngo as Darany
Samantha Quan as Siobhan
Greg Watanabe as the Narrator
Senior Producer: Anna Lyse Erikson
Prepared for Audio by Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
Recording Engineer, Editor and Mixer: Charles Carroll
Sound Design: David Wilson and Charles Carroll
Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin
Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner
The original song “What You Are Now” is by Him Sophy, founder of the Him Sophy School of Music in Pnomh Penh.
Special thanks to Professor Craig Woodson and Dr. Terry Miller for their recording of “The Sorrowful King” from “Roots of”
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