Jeanne Featured in Tony Award Winner Robert Schenkkan’s A SINGLE SHARD at People’s Light, Based on Linda Sue Park’s Newbery Award Winning Novel

Jeanne Featured in Tony Award Winner Robert Schenkkan’s A SINGLE SHARD at People’s Light, Based on Linda Sue Park’s Newbery Award Winning Novel
Jeanne Sakata with Brian Huynh in A SINGLE SHARD

Jeanne Sakata with Brian Huynh in A SINGLE SHARD

Writing this from Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, where we just opened A SINGLE SHARD, directed by Pasadena Playhouse’s Seema Sueko and written by Robert Schenkkan — Tony Award winning playwright for ALL THE WAY starring Bryan Cranston — who adapted this beautiful young people’s play from Linda Sue Park’s Newbury Award winning novel about an impoverished orphan in 12th century Korea who dreams of becoming a great potter despite his destitute circumstances.  The play has been a wondrous experience!  And so very happy to report that we have opened to a terrific review from:

DC METRO THEATRE ARTS
“How does a plain pile of clay become a work of art? The courage of an artist to create something out of nothing infuses the recent regional premiere of A Single Shard, now playing at People’s Light in Malvern. This moving tale…inspired Director Seema Sueko with its powerful use of transformation, a tool she wields with great skill to create an epic journey of courage and redemption that has moments which are nothing short of magical….The production is both delicate in its approach and resounding in its emotional depth.”

“Jeanne Sakata is invigorating as Min’s Wife both in her stalwart honesty and her comedic timing.”

“A Single Shard explores the heights and depths of the human journey in both the ordinary and the spectacular beauty of community.”

It is pure and absolute joy to be back at People’s Light, which hosted a staged reading of HOLD THESE TRUTHS several years ago!  My thanks to Seema and Zak Berkman, who brought HTT to New York’s off-Broadway scene with the Epic Theatre Ensemble, and who is now shaking things up at People’s Light with his mission of an inclusive theater with the twin values of diversity and community — much like Seema is doing at Pasadena Playhouse. These two are two of the people I most look up to in our theater community, and it’s an honor to be working with them and with this beautiful cast, creative team and crew on A SINGLE SHARD.

Scene from A SINGLE SHARD, L to R:  Jeanne Sakata, Thom Sesma, Brian Huynh

Scene from A SINGLE SHARD, L to R: Jeanne Sakata, Thom Sesma, Brian Huynh

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