Flying Orb Productions was founded in 2005 by James Higgins and two principal dancers from the Angkor Dance Troupe, Monica Veth and Sophy Leng. Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, home to the 2nd largest Cambodian/American community in the country, Flying Orb's films and theater work deal with the legacy of America's war in Southeast Asia. From the beginning our motto has been “out of the darkness, into the light”. Performances are co-directed by Peter Veth and Jim Higgins.
In 1969, President Nixon and Henry Kissinger embarked on a covert bombing campaign in Cambodia and Laos called Operation Menu. In the process of trying to drive out the Viet Cong, Operation Menu killed thousands of civilians and ultimately destabilized Cambodia, opening the door for the Khmer Rouge take over. Many of Flying Orb's films and plays performed by Southeast Asian / Americans are about the residual effects of those secret bombing missions. Resident Alien, a new Flying Orb production, brings us full circle with Cambodian / Americans being uprooted from their families and deported back to Cambodia.