Undesirable Elements/Twin Cities


About the Production

In Undesirable Elements/Twin Cities explores the first-hand experiences of eight Twin Cities residents from diverse cultural backgrounds. Each cast member shares the unique experiences that brought them to reside in Minnesota. The performers share their own personal stories of war, migration, political oppression, racial discrimination, and family struggles. Their individual stories interweave to create a collective one. Culture, community and identity collide to form a living history on stage.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong in collaboration with the cast

Assistant Director/Dramaturg

Sean Kelley-Pegg

Lighting Design

Tom Campbell

Sound Engineer

Brandon Smith

Production Stage Manager

Karen Gundlach


Elsa Batica, Ariada Magaril, Alberto Panelli, Sharon Day, Mai Moua, Dennis Mines, Mustafe Musse, Nilgun Tuna

Performance History


Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (October 1994)


Plus regional touring (1994-2008)


Illusion Theatre