Ping Chong

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Cocktail, 2007


Cocktail is a collaboration between Ping Chong and biochemist and playwright Vince LiCata, who performed in Ping Chong’s Persusasion at the University of Minnesota in 1994. The project examines both the scientific and cultural impact of the work of pharmaceutical chemist Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, whose pioneering work in developing generic HIV drugs contributed to a dramatic decrease in mother-child HIV transmission and made generic anti-viral cocktails widely available in Thailand, against the initial wishes of the Thai government. As a result, Cocktail is a compelling journey into the world of scientific discovery and the ethical and legal dilemmas associated with providing universal access to life-saving medicine.

Available in print:
Chong, Ping and Vince LiCata. Cocktail: A play about the life and HIV drug development work of Dr. Krisana Kraisintu. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books, 2009 (published in English and Thai)


Director: Ping Chong
Writers: Vince LiCata and Ping Chong
Producer: LSU Swine Palace Theater, in association with Ping Chong and Company
Assistant Director: Caleb Sekeres
Lighting Design: Darren McCroom
Sound Design: EunJin Cho
Set Design: James L. Murphy
Projection Design: Jan Hartley
Costume Design: Polly Boersig
Stage Manager: Karli Henderson


Mia Katigbak, Caleb Sekeres, Glenn Aucoin II, Leigh-Erin Balmer, Kesha Bullard, Kenneth De Abrew, Derrick Denicola, Andrew Fafoutakis, Elizabeth Godley, Amber A. Harrie, Mark Jaynes, Reuben Mitchell, Derek Mudd, Yohance Myles, Ron Heeder, Anna Richardson, Nikki Travis, Scott Woltz, Jessica Wu


Swine Palace Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (April 2007)


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Video Clips:
Cocktail, Youtube, April 19, 2007
Cocktail Scene 8 Staff Buzz, Vimeo
Cocktail Scene 12, High Noon, Vimeo


Swine Palace and the LSU Performing Arts Series (PAS) in Association with Ping Chong and Company


Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and Swine Palace, The Shubert Foundation, LSU, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, National Endowment for the Arts, Commercial Properties Development Corporation (CPDC) Corporate Advised Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, LSU Student Performing Arts Fee