La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p

Undesirable Elements Festival: Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.

October 18 – November 4, 2012

by Ping Chong

Ping Chong + Company presents a festival of Undesirable Elements productions in honor of the 20th anniversary of this landmark series. In addition to performances, the festival will include panel discussions, live streams of performances, and the screening of a new documentary, Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence.

Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (October 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm, and October 21 at 2:30pm)
Written and directed by Ping Chong, with co-writer Kyle Bass
Commissioned by Syracuse University

Secret Survivors, featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse (October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30pm, and October 28 at 2:30pm)
Written and directed by Sara Zatz

Inside/Out…voices from the disability community (November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30pm, and November 4 at 2:30pm)
Written and directed by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz in collaboration with the cast
Commissioned and produced by VSA, in association with Ping Chong & Company

Ping Chong + Company was founded in 1975 to create and tour innovative works of theater and art that explore the intersection of race, history, culture and technology in the modern world. The New York–based non-profit company has produced more than 90 works by Chong and his collaborators, toured widely in the United States and throughout the world, and received numerous honors and awards.


Saturday, October 20, 2012, 4:30pm-6pm
Free – Reservations required HERE

In association with Breaking the Silence Congo Week ( and Syracuse University Office of the Arts

A discussion of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo and the current situation in the Congo with Ping Chong (Writer and Director), Carole Brzozowski (Office of the Arts, Syracuse University), Cyprien Mihigo (Cast Member), and Kambale Musavuli (National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo).

Syracuse area refugees take center stage to tell their stories in ‘Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo’

Friday, October 26, 2012, 3pm-6pm
Free – Reservations Required HERE

A screening of the documentary, Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence, followed by a panel discussion with the creators of the Secret Survivors project, Sara Zatz (Writer, Director), Amita Swadhin (Cast Member), Melanie Levy (filmmaker), and Sally MacNichols (CONNECT), focusing on the use of arts as an agent of change in the movement to end child sexual abuse.

In 2011, Ping Chong + Company was awarded a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women to develop an educational DVD and toolkit to accompany the live performance of Secret Survivors, as part of a new initiative to end child sexual abuse in the United States.  This will be the first public screening of the documentary in New York City. The Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence documentary and toolkit, a resource for individuals and organizations working to end CSA, will be available for purchase on and at the panel and festival.

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 4:30pm-6pm
Free – Reservations Required HERE moderates a panel which revisits the interdisciplinary roots of UE through a discussion on current socially engaged practices. Panelists include Ping Chong, Michael Rohd (Sojourn Theater), Shay Wafter (651 Arts), Amy Smith (Headlong Dance Theater), and Gonzalo Casals (El Museo del Barrio). This event will be livestreamed.

UE Methodology WORKSHOP

Monday, October 22, 2012; 7pm-9pm

Ping Chong + Company offers a 2 hour workshop exploring techniques used in their interview-based theater project, the Undesirable Elements series. Participants will work with artists from Ping Chong + Company to learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities.  This workshop for but not limited to performers, playwrights, directors, teaching artists, and arts activists.  Space is limited.  Contact to reserve a spot.

Fee: $40 (includes the UE Workshop and 1 ticket to 1 performance in the UE Fest)

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