Ping Chong

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KIND NESS, 1986-1993

ABOUT

KIND NESS is a poignant but surreal coming of age comedy that follows the friendships of six characters from their elementary school days through their college years. Ordinary enough—except that one of the six is a gorilla named Buzz. In this work which mixes projections, theater, music and movement, the word “kindness” takes on two meanings: compassion and sympathy as well as likeness and commonality.

PRODUCTION

Created by Ping Chong, in collaboration with the cast
Directed by: Ping Chong
Lighting Design: Blu
Sound Design: Brian Hallas & Phil Lee
Costume Design: Mel Carpenter
Projection Design: Jan Hartley
Set Design: Anguss Moss

CAST

Roger Babb, John Fleming, Brian Hallas, Jeannie Hutchins, Lenard Petit, Louise Smith and Louise Sunshine

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Workshop:
Northeastern University, Boston, MA (April 1986)

Premiere:
La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (May 1986)

Tour:
Central Park Summer Stage, New York, NY (August 1988)
Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (November 1989)
Lafayette College, Easton, PA (February 1989)
Kirby Theatre, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (February 1989)
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (February 1989)
Painted Bride Art Center (January 1990)
Trinity College, Hartford, CT (Janurary 1990)
Lied Center for Performing Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (March 1991)
Dance Place by District Curators, Inc. Washington, D.C. (May 1991)
Theatre 95, Cergy-Pontoise, France (April 1992)
Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (April 1992)
Seattle Group Theater, Seattle, WA (April-May 1993)

PRESS

Kind Ness, Chicago Reader, Apr 1992
Kind ness, Chopin Theater, Apr. 1992
Kindness' Exhibit Creates Primal Environment, The Heights, Sep. 1985

MULTIMEDIA

Photos:
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AWARDS

1987 USA Playwrights' Award
Home Box Office, Inc. and Theater Communications Group’s 1988 Playwrights USE Award

SCRIPT

The Script was published in "New Plays IV" by Theater Communication Group

PRODUCING PARTNERS

Made possible with funds from the Massachusetts Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Dalglish Foundation.

Photo Credit: Pat Armenia