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 and Wendy Stuart

Projection Design

Ping Chong and Tony Jannetti

Stage Manager

Don Voisine

Props, Masks, and Puppets

Carl Goldhagen


Tony Jannetti and Catherine Zimmerman, Ping Chong (Voice Over), Andrea Goodman (Voice Over)

Performance History


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


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)