Ping Chong

47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
T: 212 529 1557 F: 212 529 1703
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U/ETales from the Salt City, 2008


A powerful exploration of the changing face of Syracuse through an interview-based theatre work. Tales from the Salt City presents the first-hand narratives of citizens of Syracuse – both recent arrivals and long-standing citizens – who are in some way living outside the dominant culture.


Lino Ariloka (Sudan), Gordana Dudevski (Macedonia), Rebecca Isabel Fuentes (Mexico), José Miguel Hernández (Cuba), Albert “Al” Marshall (Syracuse, USA), Emad Rahim (Cambodia), Jeanne Shenandoah (Onondaga Nation)


Conceived and directed by: Ping Chong
Written by: Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the cast
Production Design: Maya Ciarrocchi
Lighting Design: Darren McCroom
Sound Design: Jonathan R. Herter
Stage Manager: Amber Dickerson
Dramaturg: Kyle Bass


Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY (October-November 2008)


My wife and I are into our 29th year as season ticket holders and I just had to tell you how much we enjoyed the play today. Truly one of the best we have ever seen. Tears were streaming down my face at the end, that is how moved I was. So hard to imagine how much power could be delivered just with "hometown" stories, but after seeing it I now understand. More like these kind of plays, please, and thus far a really great season – email from subscriber

I saw Tales of the Salt City tonight and was more impressed with this theater production that I EVER thought I would be. Every high school history class should see this production. Talk about a "family history lesson". I wish I had seen it earlier in it's term at Syracuse Stage--I would urge everyone I knew to see it!!! ufeff Go--go this weekend! -- YouTube commenter

As subscribers to Syracuse Stage since it started, TALES FROM THE SALT CITY was one of the most profound productions we have seen in a long time. Thank you for having the insight to bring it to us. – email from subscribers

Please may we consider a "DROP EVERYTHING AND SYRACUSE STAGE DAY IT FOR ALL OF US." This play is intelligent, captivating and embraces diversity, people's stories, the sense of community, social justice, activism and so much more, it is multi layered and I think may be one of the most important plays I have seen in a long time for today's world. It makes people's lives and stories relevant. It delivers humor, triggers feelings of sadness and compassion and yet is not too heavy handed. Non fiction narrated in a rhythmic fashion by real people, real Syracusans: White, Onondaga, Hispanic, African, African American, Cambodian. Please consider this golden opportunity right here in our own back yard. – email from audience member to her colleagues, urging them to attend Tales from the Salt City

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"Giving Voice to Hometown Diversity" by Kenneth Jones, (Oct 2008)
"Cultural connections: Syracusans share stories of their homelands in 'Tales From the Salt City'" by Jenni M. Loer, Syracuse Post-Standard (Oct 2008)


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Video Clips:

Tales from the Salt City, Youtube, Oct. 2008
Ping Chong on "Tales from the Salt City," Youtube, Oct. 2008
Tales from the Salt City's Jose M. Hernandez, The Post Standard, 2008


Bridges to Community, Syracuse Stage, Oct. 2008

Syracuse Stage

Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. MetLife Foundation, as the National Sponsor of the Undesirable Elements series.