Nuit Blanche, A Select View of Earthlings

1981–1985
Theater

About the Production

Nuit Blanche, A Select View of Earthlings is composed of interwoven narratives spanning from the prehistoric age to 19th century Latin America; from the back country of the American South in the 1950’s to an African country on the verge of collapse in the late 20th Century; from Neil Armstrong’s moon landing to Cambodia in the time of the Khmer Rouge. Together, the narratives create a dreamlike meditation on the state of human existence.

Dedicated to the memory of Colin Wolcott and Thorton Wilder.


Production Team And Cast

Conceived and Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong in collaboration with Louise Smith, John Miglietta, Tone Blevins, and Pablo Vela

Lighting Design

Blu

Sound Design

Phil Lee and Howard Kaufman

Photography

Tobey Sanford and Didi Suydam

Media Consltant

Tony Jannetti

Stage Manager

Dennis Giacomo

A/V Director

Tony Jannetti

Cast

Pablo Vela, Tone Blevins, Louise Smith, Michael Duffy, Ping Chong, David Wolpe, John Miglietta, Rob List (Revival), Roger Babb (Revival) Film Actor: John Parton Recorded Voices: David Wolpe, Pablo Vela, Colette Berger, Louise Smith, Vicki Margulies, Sally Kaplan, Kay Hines, Jeannie Hutchins, Gloria Zelaya, Betty Chong

Performance History

Premiere

La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (January 1981)

Tours

La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (January 1985)

Partners

La MaMa E.T.C.

Funders

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Herman and Marilyn Schwartzman

Barbara Lapcek