With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their true stories on stage. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city. The Generation NYZ performers illuminate, in their own words, the challenges and joys of growing up in New York City, and all that goes into making our city inclusive, gritty, determined, creative and rich with community. Cover photo by Adam Nadel
Join us at the La MaMa Kids Workshop with Ping Chong + Company on January 27 at 12:30PM
$10 Teen Ticket; Adults FREE
In this workshop, youth and teens (ages 12+) get active and build community!
They learn some of the creative tools used by Ping Chong + Company to develop the show ‘Generation NYZ.’
Edwin Aguila, Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castañeda, Syl (Andrea) Egerton, Mohammad Murtaza,
De-Andra Pryce, Porscha Polkahantis Rippy, Rafael Rosario
Conceived by Ping Chong
Directed by Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber
Written by Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber, in collaboration with the performers
Lighting Designer: Marika Kent
Projection Designer: Katherine Freer
Production Associate: Courtney Golden
Projection Operator: Hao Bai
Sound Designer: Ernesto Valenzuela
Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the urgent social justice issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity. Led by National Medal of Arts Recipient Ping Chong, the company produces original works by a close-knit ensemble of affiliated artists. A resident theater of La MaMa ETC since 1978, the company is committed to artistic innovation, collaborative practice, community engagement, and amplifying unheard voices on stage.
Generation NYZ is part of Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements series. It was originally commissioned by The New Victory Theater where it premiered in January 2018.
A “gentle, humane, powerfully moving work of documentary theater”
– New York Times
“Seven youngsters, smiling, serious, full of hope, eager to get on with their lives …
without forgetting who they are and where they came from.”
– Village Voice