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Hannah and the Dread Gazebo


Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Written by Jiehae Park
Directed by Jennifer Chang
Produced by The Fountain Theatre in association with East West Players
Producing Underwriters: Diana Buckhantz and The Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation · Wendy Chang · Jean Christensen & Steve Warheit · Lorraine Evanoff · Laurie & Robert Silton · Jerrie Whitfield & Dick Motika
Starring Hahn Cho, Monica Hong, Wonjung Kim, Gavin Lee, Jully Lee, Janet Song

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BroadwayWorld – “ENLIGHTENINGTOUCHING… a solid acting ensemble, complemented by vividly effective video visuals… The realistic scenes of the reunited family at the family condo and the hospital waiting room will tug your heartstrings… Kudos to scenic/video designer Yee Eun Nam for her wonderfully effectual video images of the various settings HANNAH takes place in… a dream within a dream within a dream.” — Gil Kaan

On Stage Los Angeles – “FLUID SCRIPTSMOOTH STAGING… The Fountain Theatre in partnership with East West Players again charms us with socially relevant issues that go beyond the obvious.  This experience is just right for Los Angeles… located only a few blocks from Koreatown, from where, we hope a native audience may come to enjoy native language, myth and fairy tale … and garlic.  Everybody else should come, too.” – Michael Sheehan

StageSceneLA – “TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES AND A DAZZLING PRODUCTION DESIGN… added snaps to magic consultant Dominik Krzanowski’s “How do they do that!” bits of magic.” — Steven Stanley

Los Angeles Times – “AN EPIC FABLE incorporating the origin myth of Korea… The production, directed by Jennifer Chang, makes vivid use of urban landscape projections on Yee Eun Nam’s darkened set… it’s left to the actors to ground the play’s magic in realism. Cho and Song lend Hannah’s parents personal textures that keep them from being just generic types. Gavin Lee’s liveliness draws out Dang’s slacker charms so he’s more than a hip-hop cliché. And Hong offers the occasional glimpse of Hannah’s inner life as her control-freak character slowly learns that stories themselves are a kind of wish that our belief makes true.” – Charles McNulty

Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a neurologist when she gets a strange package in the mail from her grandmother in South Korea, who may or may not have just ended her own life. A surreal, funny and heartbreaking adventure leads Hannah on a journey back to her homeland and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides South and North Korea. A startling comedy about a daughter, a mother, a grandmother and the mystery that connects them.

August 14 – September 22
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and Pay What You Want Mondays at 8pm.
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Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Jiehae Park’s plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, Cherry Lane MP, Marin Theatre Co, Barrington Stage, First Floor, Company One, Moxie), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Here We Are Here (Sundance Theater-Makers residency, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Princess Grace Works-in-Progress @ Baryshnikov Arts Center), The Aves (McCarter Spotlight Festival), and contributions to Wondrous Strange (Humana/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her work has been developed through the Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, p73’s i73, Playwrights Horizons, CTG Writers Workshop, NYTW, Atlantic, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai Conference, BAPF, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational; two years on the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, Geffen, OSF, Williamstown, MTC/Sloan. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. As a performer, she most recently appeared in Ripe Time/Naomi Iizuka’s adaption of Murakami’s SLEEP (BAM Next Wave, Yale Rep) and Celine Song’s ENDLINGS (ART). TV: staff writer, season one of Marvel’s RUNAWAYS. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect, Lincoln Center Theater New Writer in Residence, former Hodder Fellow, and current New Dramatist. BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.

Creative Team:
Directed by Jennifer Chang
Production Stage Manager Bryan P. Clements
Scenic & Video Design by Yee Eun Nam
Sound Design & Original Compositions by Howard Ho
Lighting Designer by Rebecca Bonebrake
Properties Design by Michael Allen Angel
Costume Designer by Ruoxuan Li
Magic by Dominik Krzanowski
Asst. Director – Reena Dutt

Check out some pics from our first production meeting!


BroadwayWorld – Opening Announcement – August 16, 2019

@This Stage – Video Promo – August 15, 2019

The Actor’s Choice – Interview with Jully Lee – August 15, 2019

Park LaBrea/Beverly Press – Featured – August 15, 2019

Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative – Interview w/Playwright & Director – August 13, 2019

Los Angeles Time – Weekend Featured – August 9, 2019

YouTube – Interviews – August 6, 2019

MENAFN – Press Announcement – July 28, 2019

BroadwayWorld – Press Announcement – June 26, 2019