Secret History: The Philadelphia Story is part of the Undesirable Elements series, an ongoing series of interview-based theater works which examines issues of race, class, culture and identity in the lives of individuals in specific communities. Secret History: The Philadelphia Story explores explores the first-hand experiences of urban and suburban teenagers living in the Greater Philadelphia region and how violence has shaped their lives. Individual histories are interwoven into a script that is performed by the actual teens, giving voice to personal stories too often left unspoken.
Joshia Genesis Dalnoroa, Romaine Drakker Hastings, Charisse Monee Loving, Claire Inie-Richards, Leon James Sanford
Written and directed by: Ping Chong, with Sara Zatz, and in collaboration with the cast
Assistant Directors: Megan Loper and Jesca Prudencio
Production Manager: Sara Zatz
Lighting Designer: Ves Weaver
Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA (February 2009)
People’s Light & Theatre (March 2009)
Village of Arts and Humanities (March 2009)
Village of Arts and Humanities, People’s Light and Theatre
Supported by grants from the National Foundation for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. MetLife Foundation, as the National Sponsor of the Undesirable Elements series.
Ping Chong’s artistic residency was supported by Artists & Communities, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.