Join us for the first production in the Undesirable Elements Festival:

Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo

By Ping Chong and Kyle Bass with Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the cast.

October 18-21, 2012

Thursday- Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

Open Captioned/ ASL Interpreted performance: Sunday, October 21 at 2:30

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS or call the La MaMa box office at 212.475.7710

There are approximately 200 refugees from the on-going wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that now call Syracuse home. These individuals – victims and perpetrators – represent 12 different tribes sharing a violent past which hangs between them as they live side by side in upstate New York. This community is unique among US-based Congolese refugee communities in its efforts to move past ethnic violence and seek reconciliation and understanding in their new lives in Syracuse.

All performances take place at:

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

 Tickets: $20 (General Admission), $15 (Student/Senior), Group rates available

Undesirable Elements Festival: Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater, at La Mama ETC October 18th – November 4th. The festival will also include two other shows from the acclaimed series: Secret Survivors on October 25-28, 2012 and Inside/Out…voices from the disability community on November 1-4, 2012.

Read more about Cry for Peace and the Undesirable Elements Festival in the press:

New York Times

Feature on Cry for Peace and the Undesirable Elements Festival.

Huffington Post 

 An interview with Ping Chong on the Undesirable Elements Festival

TDF Stages

An interview with Ping Chong and UE cast members on the Undesirable Elements series



In addition to performances, we are excited to announce this free Cry for Peace festival event in collaboration with Congo in Harlem week:

Congo NOW

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 4:30pm-6pm
Free (Make reservations HERE)

A discussion of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo and the current situation in the Congo with Ping Chong (Writer and Director), Kyle Bass (Writer), Cyprien Mihigo (Cast Member), Kambale Musavuli (National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo), and moderated by Carole Brzozowski (Syracuse University Arts Engage).

 All panel attendees may receive a $5 discount for the 10/20, 7:30pm performance of Cry for Peace. Use the discount code PANEL when you reserve online.