Undesirable Elements/Difficult Lives


About the Production

Undesirable Elements/Difficult Lives is an interview-based theater production chronicling the experiences of individuals living with chronic illness, disability, and social stigma in Japan. The production illustrates the personal struggles and underlying tensions of attitudes towards disability in contemporary Japan. It is a portrait of people who are determined to move forward despite the discrimination and prejudice they face in their daily lives as a result of their differences.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong and Hiromi Sakamoto

Written by

Ping Chong and Hiromi Sakamoto, in collaboration with the cast


Kyoko Suzuki

Lighting Design

Mika Sakaki

Sound Design

Tomomi Kishi

Projection Design

Keisuke Takahashi

Stage Manager

Toru Hirai

Production Assistant

Kennosuke Sagawa


Yo Iwamoto, Hiroe Oohashi, Julia Olson, Yuriko Narita, Daiki Nishimura, Harmy Voice Actor: Mikoe Akubo

Performance History


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre East, Tokyo, Japan (January 18-20, 2019)


Grand Front Osaka the KNOWLEDGE THEATER, Osaka, Japan (Jan 26-27, 2019)


Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

Related Media

Ping Chong's ドキュメンタリーシアターUndesirable Elements 「生きづらさを抱える人たちの物語 | Difficult Lives PROMO