In 2002, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Undesirable Elements and his 30th anniversary as an independent artist, Ping Chong asked writer/director Talvin Wilks to collaborate on making a UE production with memorable participants from past UE performances. To complete the circle, Ping himself decided to join the cast for the first time. The anniversary production, originally titled UE 92/02, then became a touring version. The anniversary production has been presented, with differing casts, in Lille, France, Rome, Italy Colorado Springs, CO, Easton, PA and New York City.
This production was dedicated to the over 150 people who had taken part in the Undesirable Elements project during its first 10 years.
Luanne Edwards (Secret Histories/Charleston, 2001)
Angel Garder (Undesirable Elements/New York, 1993)
Leyla Modirzadah (Undesirable Elements/Seattle, 1995)
Tania Salmen (Original Production, 1992;, Undesirable Elements/ New York, 1993, Secret History, 2000)
Michelle Von Tonder (Undesirable Elements/Atlanta, 2001)
Co-directors: Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks
Co-writers: Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks, in collaboration with the cast
Assistant Director: Michael Rohd
Production Manager: John Frautschy
Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
Sets: Watoku Ueno
Lights: John Frautschy
Sound Recording: Brian Hallas
La MaMa ETC, New York, NY (October 2002)
Touring Engagement: Lille Capital of Culture Festival, Lille, France (December 2003)
Touring Cast: Angel Garder, Leyla Modirzadah, Tania Salmen, Michelle Von Tonder and Ping Chong
Citizen of the World: Ping Chong's Travels by Philippa Wehle, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art PAJ 76 (Volume 26, Number 1), January 2004
La MaMa ETC
Supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Ford Foundation.