Ping Chong

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Truth and Beauty, 1999

ABOUT

Truth and Beauty (originally titled American Gothic) is a multi-media exploration of the American psyche in an advertising, marketing and gun obsessed age. The piece incorporates live and recorded video and slide projections and is performed inside of a three sided Plexiglas box. It incorporates interviews with gun owners, advertising content and a subplot about an alienated youth on his way to becoming a homegrown terrorist.

The script for this work is available in print as part of American Theatre Magazine.

PRODUCTION

Writers: Ping Chong in collaboration with Michael Rohd and Jeff Randall
Directors: Dr. Amy Lane; Eric Eisenbrey, Michelle A. Baxter
Lighting & Set Design: Elizabeth Kendall
Sound Design: Erin Burns
Costume Design: Lindsay Pape
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kendall

CAST
Michael Rohd, Jeff Randall, Shawn LaCount, Mark VanDerzee, Ping Chong, Reginald Meneses, Michael Arch, Bill Grennan, Cortney Franks, Kate Larsen, C.J. Cornwell

PERFORMANCE HISTORY
Developed at the Ko Festival in Amherst, MA (October 1998)

Premiere:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, School of the Arts and Theatre Arts, Blacksburg, VA (September 1999)

Tours/Adaptations:
Hudson Square Summer Music Festival, New York, NY (August 2000); Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, The Empire Theater, Santa Ana, CA (September 2002); Company One, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA (April 2003); One Act Play Festival, Studio Theatre of the Lied Education Center for the Arts, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (April 2005), Here Arts Center, New York, NY

PRESS

Truth & Beauty, The Boston Phoenix, Apr. 2003
TRUTH & BEAUTY, Aisle Say Boston, 2003
Truth & Beauty, Questia, Mar. 2001
TheTruth About 'Truth & Beauty', Rude Guerilla Theater Co, Aug. 30, 2002

MULTIMEDIA

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PRODUCING PARTNERS
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, School of the Arts