Ping Chong

47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
T: 212 529 1557 F: 212 529 1703
[email protected]


Written and directed by Sara Zatz

October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30pm
October 28 at 2:30pm
Live streamed performance: October 28 at 2:30pm

An interview-based theater project featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse telling their true stories of survival and healing on stage.

Child sexual abuse is an epidemic that affects about 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys*. However, due to social taboos, very few survivors share their stories publicly. Secret Survivors uses direct personal narrative to represent the diverse ways this violence occurs and grapple with the many reasons that most survivors remain silent. Secret Survivors was conceived for Ping Chong + Company by Amita Swadhin, an anti-violence activist and survivor.

All performances took place at:

La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003


Gabriella Callender
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
RJ Maccani
Diana Sands
Amita Swadhin

Set Design: Watoku Ueno
Lighting Design: Brant Thomas Murray
Sound Design: Kumi Ishizawa
Production Management: Courtney Golden
Festival Technical Director: Aki-ology, Inc.
Company Management: Kristina Varshavskaya
Assistant Director: Jesca Prudencio
Festival Press Representative: Blake Zidell


Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence
Friday, October 26, 2012, 3pm-6pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa
66 East 4th Street

All panel attendees may enter the code PANEL for $5 off tickets to the 10/26 performance of Secret Survivors.

A screening of the documentary, Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence, followed by a panel discussion with the creators of the Secret Survivors project, Sara Zatz (Writer, Director), Amita Swadhin (Cast Member), Melanie Levy (filmmaker), Billye Jones Mulraine, LCSW (Kingsbridge Heights Community Center) and Sally MacNichol (CONNECT), focusing on the use of arts as an agent of change in the movement to end child sexual abuse.

In 2011, Ping Chong + Company was awarded a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women to develop an educational DVD and toolkit to accompany the live performance of Secret Survivors, as part of a new initiative to end child sexual abuse in the United States. This will be the first public screening of the documentary in New York City. For more information about the Secret Survivors toolkit and documentary, click here.

The Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence documentary and toolkit, a resource for individuals and organizations working to end CSA, will be available for purchase online and at the panel and festival.