DIGITAL EVENT RECORDING now available online: Secret Survivors 10th Anniversary Screening and Community Panel
We held the Secret Survivors 10th Anniversary Screening and Community Panel on Sunday, April 5th online. Ping Chong + Company, Mirror Memoirs, and Girls for Gender Equity hosted a live panel discussion with NYC and national survivor advocates and community organizers, focusing on how the movement to end child sexual abuse has changed in the intervening 10 years. View the recording of the online event here: >https://vimeo.com/404718892
This event celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Secret Survivors, a groundbreaking interview-based theater production, conceived by Amita Swadhin, written and directed by Ping Chong + Company Associate Director Sara Zatz, featuring 5 adult survivors of child sexual abuse (original cast: Gabriella Callender, Lucia Leandro Gimeno, RJ Maccani, Diana Sands, and Amita Swadhin). telling their true stories on stage.
The session included a grounding meditation for survivors and a therapist presenting tools for survivors currently impacted by isolation, financial vulnerability, and renewed trauma related to the impact of COVID-19.
The documentary Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence, a film by Melanie Vi Levy, is available to screen for FREE from April 1-5th, 2020. Screen the film here (no password required through April 5 ONLY): >https://vimeo.com/53875627
Ignacio Rivera (Founder, The Heal Project)
Shanée Smith (Sisters in Strength Program Manager, Girls for Gender Equity)
Quentin Walcott (Co-Executive Director, CONNECT NYC)
Sara Zatz (Writer/Director of Secret Survivors, Associate Director, Ping Chong + Company, NYC)
Moderator: Amita Swadhin (Co-Creator, Secret Survivors; Founder, Mirror Memoirs)
Meditation Leader: Aishah Shahidah Simmons (Creator, Love With Accountability)
Therapeutic Support: Ebony Williams, LMFT, YTT-200
Panel and Q+A
Therapeutic Support Offerings for Survivors
Accessibility: The panel was archived, with a full transcript.
Due to the Covid-19 health crisis and citywide closures, we will be making alternate plans for Nocturne in 2020. Please stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks, which will be shared by email and on our social media accounts.
Nocturne in 2020
This anthology evening features four pieces created by multidisciplinary emerging artists of color affiliated with Ping Chong + Company, and a remount of Ping Chong’s Nocturne in 1200 Seconds, originally presented at the 1998 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Nocturne in 2020’s process and structure derive from a concept from the festival where 12 Chinese diasporic artists working across disciplines (including Ping Chong) were commissioned to create 15-minute-long works, with the restriction that they were to use the same table and two chairs, with two actors of their choice in each work. With the additional mandate that the works be inspired by source material related to a real historical event, Nocturne in 2020 brings a new generation of theatre-makers’ bold and politically resonant interpretations of this simple prompt together in a collaborative event.
“Nocturne in 2020 is the first time that Ping Chong + Company has invited younger theater-makers of diverse ages and cultures to share an evening of chamber works with me. This presentation of documentary-inspired works represents a unique and vital artistic dialogue between generations. In a time of division in our nation, reaching across demographics and cultures is an important step toward connection.” - Ping Chong
Performances are from Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18 and Thursday, April 23 - Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm at Downtown Art Theater, 70 East 4th Street, New York, NY.
Ticket prices are $15 - $25.
Purchase tickets here.