Cardboard Piano

by  Hansol Jung

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"Haunting [...] authentic [...] Jung’s characters never offer clear answers to what is to be done when hearts and lives are broken from violence and denunciation, but this promising playwright’s story suggests a power in facing the damage done and picking up the pieces to inform each step forward." - Louisville Courier-Journal

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Cardboard Piano

by  Hansol Jung

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Northern Uganda on the eve of the millennium: The daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl steal into a darkened church to seal their love in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the surrounding war zone encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, Cardboard Piano explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Haunting [...] authentic [...] Jung’s characters never offer clear answers to what is to be done when hearts and lives are broken from violence and denunciation, but this promising playwright’s story suggests a power in facing the damage done and picking up the pieces to inform each step forward." - Louisville Courier-Journal, Read More 

"The action is grounded in the personal but is looking hard at current events in Uganda [...] It’s a delicate balance, and Jung walks the tightrope with skill and grace. The characters are well drawn and meaty, and their interpersonal conflict is engaging. But Jung leaves herself plenty of room for questions and accusations that reach far beyond the borders of Uganda." - Louisville Insider, Read More 


Videos

  • First look at Cardboard Piano at the 2016 Humana Festival
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A township in Northern Uganda. Part I is New Year’s Eve 1999. Part II is A Wedding Anniversary 2014 .

Casting

2m, 2f
CHRIS - 16 in Part I, age 30 in Part II. Any Ethinicity, American
ADIEL - 16, Acholi, Ugandan
PIKA - 13, Acholi, nationality unspecified
SOLDIER - early 20s, Acholi, nationality unspecified
PAUL
- 27, Acholi, Ugandan, played by Soldier from Part I
RUTH - late 20s, Bugandan, Ugandan, played by Adiel from Part I
FRANCIS - late teens to early 20s, Acholi, Ugandan. Played by Pika from Part I
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

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 fr ...

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Cardboard Piano premiered as a part of the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY in March 2016 under the direction of Leigh Silverman.

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