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Among the Dead - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Among the Dead

Hansol Jung

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

1m, 2f, 1m or f

ISBN: 9780573706233

CRITICS' PICK! “With this outraged, deeply compassionate play, Ms. Jung is kicking, and expanding our understanding.” - The New York Times
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1970s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play -

The scenes and settings alternate between the following spaces and times:

A hotel room in Seoul, South Korea, February 1975.

The WWII battlegrounds of Myitkyina, Myanmar, 1944 to 1945.

Hahn Gahng Bridge, 1950


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Ana is a Korean American who travels to Seoul in 1975 to retrieve her recently deceased father’s ashes. Luke is a young American soldier fighting in the jungles of Myanmar in 1944. Number Four is the name of a Korean comfort woman camping out on a bridge in Seoul in 1950, waiting for the return of the young American soldier who fathered her daughter. Three separate time periods collide in a small hotel room in Korea, mediated by a shape-shifting Jesus who first shows up as a bellboy. Among the Dead is a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other again through SPAM, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.


CRITICS' PICK! “With this outraged, deeply compassionate play, Ms. Jung is kicking, and expanding our understanding.” - The New York Times, Read More 

“Hansol Jung offers a unique brand of storytelling.” - Theatre in the Now, Read More 

“[Hansol Jung] is a smart writer [...] who is intuitive about structure, original in vision and powerful in her tapping into the untold story of history [...] Among the Dead is magical.” - Theatre Is Easy, Read More

Among the Dead premiered at the HERE Arts Center in a production by Ma-Yi Theater Copmpany in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Ralph B Pena.



1m, 2f, 1m or f


Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)

LUKE WOODS - Male. Early twenties. An American soldier.
NUMBER FOUR - Female. Teens. Korean.
ANA WOODS - Female. Thirty. Half Korean, American.
JESUS - As you will. Contemporary, weird, young, ancient. Chameleon.
Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Plays include Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theatre), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, Chicago and Boise Contemporary Theatre), Wolf Play, and Wild Goose Dreams. Commissions from Playwrights Horizons, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi ...

Other Hansol Jung titles:

  • Cardboard Piano

  • No More Sad Things

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