Undesirable Elements

From Ping Chong + Company
New York, New York

Ping Chong + Company amplifies the voices of young New Yorkers in the 25th Anniversary of UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS with GENERATION NYZ. With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their stories. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city. Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.

"Consistently powerful and eye-opening"The Washington Post "Humor, drama, pride and passion"The Seattle Times "Holds up a mirror to reality and makes us reflect on our own time" The Post-Standard, Syracuse



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

70 minutes with no intermission

Tickets start at $25.
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Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Young adult New Yorkers perform professionally scripted versions of their personal stories from adolescence. Minimal staging. This show is recommended for kids ages 12 and up due to the subject matter, which includes depression, gender identity, homelessness, bullying and domestic and gun violence.


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms onstage in Undesirable Elements for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Getting to Know Ping Chong + Company

The artists at Ping Chong + Company use theater to bring communities together. Through a wide variety of art forms, including puppetry, dance, oral history and documentary theater, they explore the idea of social responsibility through artistic innovation. The company's artistic director, Ping Chong, broadens his audience's understanding of identity by visiting different, underserved communities and creating shows written and starring people living outside of society's norms.


  • Step inside the rehearsal room in this blog post about the creation of UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS: GENERATION NYZ.
  • UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS: GENERATION NYZ is about coming of age in New York City. Visit our Family Activity to find out "What kind of New Yorker are You?" and write your own monologue using interview-based theater techniques. You'll also find a Parents Only Guide with discussion prompts and a list of resources related to the issues and themes explored in the show. 

Did You Know?

  • Ping Chong + Company first visited the New Vic in 1998—before all of the GENERATION NYZ cast members were born—when they performed Kwaidan.
  • Ping Chong, founder of Ping Chong + Company, has won numerous awards for his outstanding work in theater, including this year's Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, two Obies (the highest honor for Off-Broadway productions), two Bessie Awards, the National Medal of Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others.
  • The Undesirable Elements series comprises over 50 works created by different communities since 1992, including Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity, Inside/Out…voices from the Disability Community, Secret Survivors and Cry for Peace: Voices From the Congo.


All The Way From...

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...New York, New York

For less expensive shows and to help the artistic community flourish, the New York City Off-Broadway movement began in the 1950s, thanks—in part—to the 1954 revival of The Threepenny Opera.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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