Ping Pong Diplomacy

Author: Joe Basque

Ping Pong Diplomacy

Description: Cold war American and Chinese lovers court their way through a cultural minefield of table tennis, translations and Tiananmen with funny and ultimately disastrous consequences.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 9/9/2012
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Comedy · Drama · Large Cast Size · Mostly Male Characters · Politics · Single Set · Social Issues

Original Production Information

Ping Pong Diplomacy was produced in 2006 by Reverie Productions at the 59E59, New York City, with the following cast and credits:

Jamie: Kim Donovan
Lyman Nicholas Bedford (Nick): Christopher Graham
Colin: Jerzy Gwiazdowski
Young Nick: Jesse Hooker
Kurtz/US Guide: Jeffrey Nauman
Chen: David Shih
Zhu: Constance Wu
Liang/Laimen/Chinese Guide: Robert Wu

Director: David Hilder
Set Designer: Zhanna Gurvich
Lighting Designer: Colin D. Young
Costume Designer: Michael Oberle
Sound Designer: Charles Vorce
Production Stage Manager: Kimberly Wadsworth

Note: Ping Pong Diplomacy received its world premiere at The Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska