Ping Chong

47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
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South of the 8 is an interview-based work that explores issues of culture and identity in neighborhoods south of the I-8 in San Diego, breaking down stereotypes by sharing the rich and diverse stories of the people who live there. Following an intensive interview process, five young individuals were selected to work with Ping Chong + Company and the La Jolla Playhouse to create and perform an "opera for the spoken word" based on their own narratives. This moving, non-traditional theatre piece showcases the real-life stories and experiences of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, shining a light on the unique character of communities south of the 8. The performances were held on March 31 and April 1 at the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego.


Iyari Arteaga, Trendale Charon, DeAndre Clay, Omar Romman Johnson, Autumn Mercy


Written by Sara Zatz and Daniela Rivera, in collaboration with the performers
Director: Sara Zatz
Producer: Jacole Kitchen
Stage Manager: Mandisa Reed
Assistant Director: Daniela Riverau200b
Lighting Designer: Joel Britt
Technical Assistant: Michael Cornforth
Understudy: Cortez Johnson


NBC San Diego: 'South of the 8' Hopes to Break Old Stereotypes (Video)
Voice of San Diego: Culture Report: Southeastern San Diego Gets Some Stage Time