Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung

Playwright Bio Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court (London), New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Bushwick Starr, Asia Society New York, Seven Devils Playwright Conference, and OD Musical Theater Company (Seoul). Her works include No More Sad Things, Among the Dead, Wolf...
Playwright Bio Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court (London), New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Bushwick Starr, Asia Society New York, Seven Devils Playwright Conference, and OD Musical Theater Company (Seoul). Her works include No More Sad Things, Among the Dead, Wolf Play, Wild Goose Dreams, and Cardboard Piano. She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including Evita, Dracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. She is the recipient of the 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, Sundance Playwrights Retreat Fellowship at UCross, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court (London). Her plays have received the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (Among the Dead), Honorable Mention from the 2014 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition (Cardboard Piano), and was named 2014 finalist for the Ruby Prize (No More Sad Things). Hansol Jung holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab.

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...
    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?”