For The New Victory Theater's world premiere production, National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong and his collaborators will conduct intensive interviews to capture the untold stories of New York City youth.
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'Undesirable Elements' is an ongoing series of community-specific interview-based theater works examining issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community. The development process includes an extended community residency during which Ping Chong + Company artists conduct intensive interviews with potential participants and get to know the issues and concerns facing that community. These interviews form the basis of a script that weaves cast members’ individual experiences together in a chronological narrative touching on both political and personal experiences. The script is performed by the interviewees themselves. Since 1992, there have been over 40 productions in the series. From recent discord to distant dreams, hear every experience as they speak their truths and share their stories. Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.