Undesirable Elements/Ten Years Later


About the Production

A decade after the original Undesirable Elements/Twin Cities production, Undesirable Elements/Ten Years Later explores first-hand experiences of Twin Cities residents. Four original cast members return, and are joined by Ping Chong, the daughter of an original cast member, and one new participant. The cast members have Puerto Rican, Hmong, Filipina, Somali, Russian Jewish, African American, and Ojibwe heritage. Their individual stories interweave to create a collective one, reflecting the changing face of the Twin Cities in the early 2000s.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong with Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the performers; Additional writers: Sean Kelley-Pegg, Bonnie Morris, Mai Moua

Lighting Design

Darren McCroom


Elsa Batica, Ping Chong, Sharon Day, Kim Hines (reading for her father, Dennis Hines), Nkauj’lis Lyfoung, Ariada Magaril, Alberto Panelli

Performance History


Illusion Theater, Minneapolis, MN (May 2005)


Regional touring


Illusion Theater