Powerful International LGBTQ Love Story Regional Premiere at NCTC, San Francisco

The NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – presents a moving and timely international LGBTQI love story, Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung, – A powerful tale of redemption  

San Francisco, CA (September 12, 2018) – In October, New Conservatory Theatre Center is pleased to present the regional premiere of Cardboard Piano by Whiting Award-winning playwright, Hansol Jung, in partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) . Directed by Tom Bruett, this “deeply moving new play” (Courier Journal) is a sweeping tale of love, redemption, and the ongoing fight for international LGBTQ rights. 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.

Cardboard Piano runs Oct 26 – Dec 2, 2018.
Opening Night is Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 at 8pm.
Tickets are $25–55 and available at nctcsf.org,
by emailing boxoffice@nctcsf.org
or by calling 415-861-8972.

Playwright Hansol Jung is an award-winning playwright and director from South Korea. She received the 2018 Whiting Award for Drama, and her plays have been developed internationally, including Royal Court,New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Theatre Center’s New PlayConference, 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.

Director Tom Bruett returns to NCTC after directing critically acclaimed productions of Le Switch (2017) and Birds of a Feather (2013). Other directing credits include the Marriage Equality Plays at Fort Mason, Playground and a season as the Acting Director of New Works and producer of the annual New Works Festival at TheatreWorks. As a writer, Tom has had work produced in San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma. As an actor, Tom has performed at Arkansas Rep, Springer Opera House and the nationaltour of Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano.

The Cardboard Piano cast includes Howard Johnson (Pika/Francis), Gabriella Momah (Adiel/Ruth), andMegan Timpane (Chris), and Dane Troy (Soldier/Paul).

Cardboard Piano will feature scenic design by Devin Kasper, costume design by Corrida Carr, lighting design by Sophia Craven, props design by Daniel Yelen, fight coaching by Kristen Matia, dialect coaching by Patricia Reynoso and stage management by Toni Guidry.

For the regional premiere of Cardboard Piano, NCTC is proud to partner with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Our upcoming press release will announce special MoAD sponsored events, including an in-depth post-show conversation about human rights in Africa.

New Conservatory Theatre Center has been San Francisco’s premier LGBTQIA performing arts institution and progressive arts education conservatory since 1981. NCTC is renowned for its diverse range of innovative, high-quality productions, touring productions and shows for young audiences; its foundationalanti-bullying work with youth and educators through YouthAware; and its commitment to developing new plays to continue expanding the canon of Queer and Allied dramatic work.

By Hansol Jung
Directed by Tom Bruett

Cast includes Howard Johnson (Pika/Francis), Gabriella Momah (Adiel/Ruth), Megan Timpane (Chris), andDane Troy (Soldier/Paul).

Dramaturgy by Nick Mwalku, Artistic Director – Ed Decker, Executive Director – Barbara Hodgen
Scenic design by Devin Kasper, Costume design by Corrida Carr, Lighting design by Sophia Craven, Prop design by Daniel Yelen
Fight coaching by Kristen Matia, Dialect coaching by Patricia Reynoso, Stage management by Toni Guidry

Cardboard Piano has inspired critics: 

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

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

“…theater at its compelling, thought-provoking best” announces Stage Scene LA.

Audiences can enjoy these special events during the run of the show:

Onstage Insight, Post-Show Discussions after the following performance featuring the cast, moderated by the play’s director:  Sunday, November 11 at 2pm

New! Due to the vital subject matter of Cardboard Piano, all performances will include a post-show conversation with the audience:

Post Show TalkBack at Friday Night Shows includes Melanie Nathan, Executive Director African Human Rights Coalition:

Low-cost Previews: Friday, Oct 26 – Nov 2
Opening Night will take place on Saturday, Nov 3 at 8pm.
The performance will be followed by a catered reception.
Additional special events to be announced!


WHAT: Regional premiere of Cardboard Piano
WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center
Walker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

COST: $25-55
TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org

WHEN: Oct 26 – Dec 2, 2018

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Opening Night: Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 at 8pm



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