NNPN Announces Rolling World Premiere of WOLF PLAY by Hansol Jung
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 88th Rolling World Premiere (RWP): Wolf Play by Hansol Jung. The play was commissioned by Artists Rep and begins its Roll there this Sunday, March 10 in Portland, OR (running through April 7, 2019). It will then be seen in Boston, MA at Company One Theatre (opening March 2020) and then at Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, MN (dates TBA).
An NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) models a process for developing and producing new plays that results in stronger work overall and the momentum needed for a play to join the repertoire of frequently produced new American works. Each Rolling World Premiere connects three or more NNPN Member Theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop the work with a new creative team in each theater's community. To date, NNPN has championed RWPs with over one million dollars in financial support. Alumni plays have received hundreds of subsequent productions, recognition in markets across the world, been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won Steinberg/ATCA, Stavis, PEN and Blackburn awards, and been adapted into feature films.
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?"
Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Productions include WILD GOOSE DREAMS (Public Thater/La Jolla Playhouse), CARDBOARD PIANO (Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville, TimeLine Theatre), AMONG THE DEAD (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), NO MORE SAD THINGS (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, and Boise Contemporary Theatre), and WOLF PLAY. She has commissions from La Jolla Playhouse, National Theatre (UK), Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theater, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of ROMEO AND JULIET for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory's Ground Floor, Sundance Theatre Lab, O'Neill Theater Center's New Play Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the Page 73 Playwright Fellowship, Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court. She is a staff writer on the upcoming Netflix series TALES OF THE CITY, premiering in 2019. She has translated more than 30 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. Jung holds an MFA degree in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, and was recently named a member of The Kilroys, a group that fights for gender parity in the American theatre.