Hansol Jung’s “Cardboard Piano” Plays East and West in 2018
St. Paul/Minneapolis’ Park Square begins the new year on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage with the Midwest premiere of Hansol Jung‘s timely drama Cardboard Piano. Signe V. Harriday directs the powerful play about romance and redemption against the backdrop of inexplicable violence. The Courier Journal called Cardboard Piano “deeply moving” and “haunting” upon its 2016 premiere at The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New Plays.
From BROADWAY WORLD: “Of her inspiration, Hansol Jung said in an interview last year, “There was a lot of media noise in 2013 about northern Uganda kidnappings by Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army… There also was a lot of coverage about gay marriage in the United States and Korea…There was a lot of violence associated with both issues, and many people also connected faith and God to both. That was disturbing to me. It went against the idea of faith and love and what they being so generous and beautiful, and a solution to problems.”
Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confron
Diversionary Theater will premiere Cardboard Piano as part of the University Heights company’s recently announced 2017-18 season in San Diego, Jan. 25 to Feb. 25, 2018. Later in the year International City Theatre will present Cardboard Piano (May 4-20, 2018) at the Long Beach, CA, Performing Arts Center, where ICT is the resident professional theater company in its announced 2018 season. Actor’s Express in Atlanta celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary season with Cardboard Piano, November 11 through December 3, 2017.
You’ll remember Hansol Jung as playwright of Ma-Yi’s main stage production of last season’s Among The Dead.
Other plays by Hansol Jung produced in 2017