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.
In the fall of 2006, Ping Chong was asked to be the artist in residence at Lafayette College. As part of his residency, Ping gave the convocation speech for incoming students, created an Undesirable Elements gallery installation, and presented UE 92/06 at the Williams Center for the Arts.
Buy the book! In 2012, Theatre Communications Group published the scripts for Undesirable Elements (original production, 1992), UE 92/06, Children of War (2002), and Inside/Out … voices from the disability community (2008) into an anthology called “Undesirable Elements: Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.”
Saul Aviña, Ping Chong, Angel Gardner, Leyla Modirzadeh, Tania Salmen
Conceived and directed by: Ping Chong
Written by: Ping Chong with Talvin Wilks and Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the cast
Lighting Designer: Darren McCroom
Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (November 2006)
'Theatrical scientist Ping Chong explores how it feels to be an "Undesirable Element'', The Morning Call, November 2006
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College
Funded, in part, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and MetLife Foundation