Lazarus

1972–1980
Theater

About the Production

Lazarus is an interdisciplinary, imagistic meditation on the resurrected man transplanted from its Biblical setting to the surreal, urban purgatory of New York City in the 1970's. It is a deeply personal work about cultural alienation disguised as a Biblical story. Lazarus was -- with the exception of a voice over, sound effects and some music -- a silent, poetic, nonlinear work. Lazarus was Ping Chong's first independently created theater work. It established his seminal integration of slide and film projection, puppetry and recorded sound in a theater work.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived, Written, and Directed by

Ping Chong

Technical Assistants

Don Voisine, Wendy Stuart, and Liesbeth Jansen (The Mickery Theatre, Amsterdam)

Projection Design

Ping Chong and Tony Jannetti

Stage Manager

Don Voisine

Props, Masks, and Puppets

Carl Goldhagen

Cast

Coco Pekelis (Premiere), Tony Jannetti (The Mickery Theatre, Amsterdam), David Wolpe (Netherlands Tour) Catherine Zimmerman, Ping Chong (Voice), Andrea Goodman (Voice)

Performance History

Premiere

Meredith Monk’s Studio, New York, NY (1972)

Tours

Wilma Project, Philadelphia, PA
American Theatre Laboratory (DTW), New York, NY
The Open Space, New York, NY
The Mickery Theatre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1979) and toured in 11 cities in the Netherlands (1981)