Undesirable Elements/Chicago


About the Production

Undesirable Elements/Chicago is an interview-based theater production exploring the lived experiences of residents of Chicago, Illinois. The cast members have origins in Mexico, Poland, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Martinique, and the United States. Each cast member shares the unique experiences that brought them to reside in Chicago, and the challenges and joys of embodying complex identities. The production seeks to break down stereotypes and engage in community dialogue by showcasing the real-life stories and experiences of Chicago residents whose stories might not otherwise be heard.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong

Assistant Director

Michael Rohd

Written by

Ping Chong and Michael Rohd, in collaboration with the cast


Ewa Boryczko, Alisher Bozorov, Brenda Cardenas, Oscar Groves, Davida Ingram, Cecile Savage

Performance History


Duncan YMCA, Chicago, Illinois (April 1999)


University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (1999)


Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts