Inside/Out…voices from the disability community explores the first-hand experiences of individuals with a variety of disabilities. Individual histories are interwoven into a script that is performed by the participants themselves, giving voice to individuals whose stories frequently go unheard.
Inside/Out was one of three Undesirable Elements performances presented at the Undesirable Elements Festival, October 18 – November 4, 2012 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre.
Josh Hecht, Monique Holt, Christopher Imbrosciano, Vivian Cary Jenkins, Matthew S. Joffe, Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, Blair Wing
Voice Actress: Mindy Pfeffer
Written and directed by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the performers
Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
Lighting Design: Brant Thomas Murray
Technical Supervisor: David Bonilla
Company Manager: Kristina Varshavskaya
Company Interpreter: Timothy Chamberlain
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY (June 2008)
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. (June 2008)
The Times Center, New York, NY (March 2009); The World Bank, Washington, D.C. (March 2010); Flynn Center, Burlington, VT (May 2011); Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD (June 2011); Amaryllis Theatre, Philadelphia, PA (June 2011); Van Guard Financial Group Headquarters, Malvern, PA (May 2012); La MaMa, New York, NY (October 2012)
I thought the show was remarkable- understated, sleek and then the layering of what was revealed hits you: how much more you know when the last lines land, about these people, about abilities/disabilities. - e-mail from audience member
It was so interesting to hear everyone's story. I am sure it will help some non-disabled people to better understand the struggles that we face every day. Sometimes we don't appreciate what we have until it is gone. - e-mail from audience member
That's the kind of piece that really should be showcased as a diplomatic tool, particularly internationally. The arts in the US gets so much flack having lost its ability to tell personal stories. . . but [i]Inside/Out would be the perfect way to feature storytelling at its most poignant and effective.[/i] - e-mail from audience member
Christopher Imbrosciano on the underrepresentation of performers with disabilities
Washington Post Review 2008
Washington Post Review 2011
NY Debut of New Work from Ping Chong, PR NewsWire, Jan. 26
Interview With Bruce Allardice, LPAC Newsletter, Jun. 10, 2008 (Right Click to View)
Show Presented About Living with Disabilities, Queens Tribune, Jun. 2008 (Right Click to View)
VSA Arts, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Nathan Cummings Foundation.
MetLife Foundation is the National Sponsor of Undesirable Elements.
Inside/Out was developed through a space grant with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.