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Cardboard Piano

Oct 26 - Dec 2, 2018

By Hansol Jung

Regional Premiere

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16-year old Chris just wants to find a safe place to live with the girl she loves- not an easy task in 1999 Uganda. Determined to be together, Chris, the daughter of American missionaries and Adiel, a local girl, meet in the village church to marry in secret. When the war outside the church walls breaks its way into their sanctuary in the form of a wounded child-soldier, all three lives become tied together forever. Cardboard Piano is a riveting testament to the power of the past to shape the future, and the bonds of love, family, and forgiveness.


By Hansol Jung

Directed by Tom Bruett


Produced in partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora. Save 50% on admission with your Cardboard Piano ticket purchase.


Audience Advisory: This play contains gunshot sound effects.



“Deeply moving new play” - Courier Journal

“It’s a story with a resonant and rewarding ring of truth” - Twin Cities Pioneer Press

“Characters and situations will remain in your thoughts long after the show comes to an end” - ArtsATL

“... Demonstrates the fragile quality of mercy” - KDHX

“This play is fascinating” - San Diego Gay and Lesbian News




Live Music Thursdays!

Join us pre-show on Thursday nights starting at 7pm for live music performed by GBADUNN Band (Rotimi Oyenekan).  Free with ticket purchase. 


GBADUNN means “enjoy” in the Nigerian language Yoruba. Featuring dynamic Bay Area artists, Gbadunn promotes African culture through the diverse sounds and beats.


Pay-what-you-wish Previews

Oct 26 - Nov 2 are preview performances and guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability > learn more


Post-show talkbacks


Join us Nov 11th for a talkback with the cast and director

Opening Night

Nov 3rd will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites 



Season Producers: Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers: Larry M. Vales

Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Her plays have been developed internationally, including Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Theatre Center’s New Play Conference, and Ma-Yi Theater Company. She holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab.

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