Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions: WILD GOOSE DREAMS (La Jolla Playhouse), WOLF PLAY (Actors Rep), CARDBOARD PIANO (Actors Theater of Louisville), AMONG THE DEAD (Ma-Yi Theatre), and NO MORE SAD THINGS (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions: National Theatre (UK), Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Portland Artist Rep, and Oregon...
Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions: WILD GOOSE DREAMS (La Jolla Playhouse), WOLF PLAY (Actors Rep), CARDBOARD PIANO (Actors Theater of Louisville), AMONG THE DEAD (Ma-Yi Theatre), and NO MORE SAD THINGS (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions: National Theatre (UK), Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Portland Artist Rep, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Fellowships: Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center, and Page 73 Productions. Recipient of Whiting Award and Helen Merrill Award. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Hansol is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and NYTW’s Usual Suspects.

Plays

  • Wild Goose Dreams
    Nanhee is a North Korean defector whose family was left behind in North Korea. Minsung is a South Korean goose father whose family has left him behind in South Korea. Nanhee and Minsung find each other on the internet. A story about modern aspirations and its betrayals, Wild Goose Dreams explores the miracle of quiet intimacy among the noise of the contemporary world.
  • Among the Dead
    Number Four is a Korean sex-slave fleeing from the Imperial Japanese army of WWII. Luke Woods is an abandoned American soldier. The two find each other in an attempt to survive the war. They end up with more than they'd bargained for - a baby. Ana, a 30 year old woman in the 70s finds herself in a hotel room in Seoul, Korea, getting to know Luke and Number Four’s tale through Luke's journal, and a little bit of help from Jesus.
  • Cardboard Piano
    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...
    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.
  • No More Sad Things
    A girl catches a last-minute flight to Maui. A boy finds girl on the shores of Ka’anapali. Something strange and something familiar pulls them closer. They have sex on the beach. They are surprised. They spend the week together. But eventually girl catches the flight back home to Akron, Ohio. The girl is thirty-two. The boy is fifteen.

  • Wolf Play
    A Korean boy is ushered into a new house by his adopted American father. This new house belongs to an American boxer and her wife. American father un-adopts boy by a single signature on a piece of paper. But just before he leaves the new house, ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has "re-homed" his ex-son to, is a lesbian couple. American Ex-father spends the rest of the play trying to...
    A Korean boy is ushered into a new house by his adopted American father. This new house belongs to an American boxer and her wife. American father un-adopts boy by a single signature on a piece of paper. But just before he leaves the new house, ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has "re-homed" his ex-son to, is a lesbian couple. American Ex-father spends the rest of the play trying to get the boy back. In his corner is Ryan, the Boxer's coach, and Wife's brother. Ryan doesn't like the new Korean boy who is a bit weird.

    Wolf Play is a messy funny disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem of “what is a family, and what do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before?”