In February of 2019 we will present our first-ever world premiere commission.
An ambitious project exploring healthcare and chronic illness created with world-renowned theatre artist and National Medal of Arts awardee Ping Chong + Company.
Created in collaboration with our Community Profile program.
What is Community Profile?
Community Profile is a year-long writing workshop and community-building space influenced by the work of our main stage writers.
Participants attend monthly writing workshops with award-winning writers and exceptional teachers, cultivating their own creative voices and using writing as a springboard for conversation and community-building.
Our 2018-19 season is the second year of this life-enriching program. The first year, in tandem with our Quiara Alegría Hudes season, focused on Veterans. This year’s program follows the themes that surface in the work of Lisa Kron and Anna Deavere Smith and is for those living with chronic illness, their family and caregivers. A cohort of 40 participants have been gathering monthly since January 2018 and will continue until the season’s end in June 2019.
Community Profile is made possible in large part by the Writers Guild Initiative.
This past spring our program was recognized at their annual Gala in New York City.
Watch Ed Harris recite the work of Community Profile participant S.A. Weber at the event:
Who is Ping Chong + Company?
Ping Chong is an interdisciplinary artist and theatrical innovator based in New York City. His company’s mission is to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media, and technology in the modern world.
Ping was honored with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government, in 2014 by President Obama. Ping Chong + Company produces works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, creating theater that crosses boundaries of identity, community, and form.
Productions range from intimate oral history projects to grand scale cinematic multidisciplinary productions featuring puppets, performers, and full music and projection scores. The art reveals beauty, precision, and a commitment to social justice.
Ping has long focused his art on the theme of “otherness” and giving voice to marginalized people.
Watch Ping Chong + Company’s video highlighting Ping’s work with art & activism:
What is the Original Production?
Profile Theatre is honored to commission Ping Chong + Company to create a World Premier original work to be staged in February, 2019. Lead by their Associate Director Sarah Zatz, this production is a community-specific interview-based work of theater examining issues of chronic illness, caregiving and healthcare.
The work will feature stories of three members of our Community Profile program, along with those of health-care practitioners and policy-makers, co-created and performed by the participants themselves.
This project is made possible by a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performance dates are February 8-10, and 15-17, 2019. Morrison Stage at Artists Rep
Watch an inside look at Ping Chong + Company’s community-specific style of theatre-making that our commission is based on. This video shows the making of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity:
Support the Project!
Join our Producers Circle for this project. Members join because they believe in the dignity of the human experience and want to see these important stories told. Our producing levels are more accessible than you may think and have a significant impact on the project.
Please contact Aiyana Cunningham, Director of Donor and Patron Relations
The Ping Chong commission is made possible by:
Special thanks to: