Undesirable Elements/Tokyo (Gaijin)


About the Production

Undesirable Elements/Tokyo is an interview-based theater production that explores the question of what it means to be a foreigner or “gaijin” in Japan. The cast members have origins in the United States, Sweden, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Korea, Myanmar, South Africa, and Japan, but all reside in Tokyo. Each cast member shares the unique experiences that brought them to reside in Tokyo, and the challenges and joys of embodying complex identities.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong and Hiromi Sakamoto

Written by

Ping Chong, in collaboration with the cast

Lighting Consultant

Tom Hase

Lighting Designer

Tai Morisita


Manami Shim, Masako Miyazaki


Jay Kabira, Sepalika Wijekoon, Pak Peon Jeong, Peter Holjo, Tania Alcock, Marco Bosco, YiYi Khin, Dan First IV

Performance History


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo, Japan


1995 Yomiuri Theatre Award, Best Play, Japan


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space