Undesirable Elements/Washington DC


About the Production

Undesirable Elements/ Washington DC is an interview-based theater production featuring the first-hand experiences of five residents of Washington DC. The participants, originally from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Liberia, Mexico, Vietnam share extraordinary stories from their own lives. The production seeks to break down stereotypes and engage in community dialogue by showcasing the real-life stories and experiences of Washington DC, from those whose stories might not otherwise be heard.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong and Michael Rohd

Written by

Ping Chong and Michael Rohd, in association with the cast

Project Manager

Rebecca Read Medrano

Associate Producers

Kim Chan & Soledad

Project Coordinator/Stage Manager

Susan Oetgen


Cris Ibarra

Technical Director

Edgar R. Ovando


Marlene Calista Cooper, Sandy Hoa Dang, Eugenio Longoria, Arnoldo Ramos, Alida Yath

Performance History


Gala Teatro Hispano, Washington DC (June 2000)


Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, Arlington VA (October 2001)


Supported by Artists & Communities, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.