Undesirable Elements

From Ping Chong + Company
New York, New York

Exclusively for The New Victory Theater, Ping Chong + Company will amplify the voices of young New Yorkers in the 25th Anniversary of UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS. For this world premiere production, National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong and his award-winning collaborators will conduct intensive interviews to capture the untold stories of New York City youth. From recent discord to distant dreams, hear every experience as they speak their truths and share their stories. 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 personal stories from adolescence. Minimal staging. Subject matter may be challenging for kids under the recommended age.


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.

Did You Know?

  • Ping Chong + Company visited the New Vic once before with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre when they performed Cathay: Three Tales of China in 2005.
  • The company has won several awards for their outstanding work in theater, including two Obies (the highest honor for Off-Broadway productions) and five National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
  • The Undesirable Elements series comprises over 30 works created by different communities, including Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity (2015, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), PUSH: Real Athletes, Real Stories, Real Theatre (2015, Tangled Arts + Disability) and South of the 8 (2017, La Jolla Playhouse).


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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