VSA presents Ping Chong & Company
Written and directed by Ping Chong & Sara Zatz in collaboration with the performers
Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18 at 8pm, Sunday June 19 at 3pm
Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway
Metro: Bethesda (1 block)
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 for Round House Theatre subscribers, students, seniors, persons with disabilities, and the military.
Pay-What-You-Can: Fri., June 17 at 8pm. PWYC tickets on sale in person 1 hour before curtain. Cash & exact change only. Limit of 4 tickets per person.
Called “riveting” with a “wide streak of humor” and “theatrical snap” by the Post, Inside/Out is interview-based theater that weaves the cast members’ individual stories with historical events. Spoken word is taken to a new dramatic level in Inside/Out, which engages rhythm, repetition, and role-playing to create a theatrical work that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Written and directed by Ping Chong and Sara Michelle Zatz, a Bethesda native, in collaboration with the featured performers, Inside/Out showcases the first-hand experiences of members of the disability community. Individual histories are interconnected in a script performed by the participants themselves, giving voice to individuals whose stories frequently go unheard.
Inside/Out is part of Ping Chong & Company’s Undesirable Elements, an ongoing series of oral history theatre works exploring key issues of identity in different communities. Each production is made with a partner organization in a host community, with local participants testifying to their real lives and experiences.
Renowned New York theatre company Ping Chong & Company was founded in 1975 to create and tour innovative works of theatre and art that explore the intersection of race, history, culture, and technology in the modern world.
Inside/Out was commissioned by VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Undesirable Elements is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Leading for the Future – a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. MetLife Foundation is the National Sponsor of Undesirable Elements.