After two powerful, moving weekends on the Long Beach stage, ICT’s Cardboard Piano will perform its final 4 performances starting tonight at 8 PM. This show has been nothing short of special, both to ICT’s artistic director caryn desai, and to the community who has left the theater with a new take on intolerance, forgiveness, and love. As StageSceneLA reviewer Steven Stanley put it, “Uganda may be over 9000 miles away and its people’s lives every bit as distant from our own, but Cardboard Piano will have you reflecting on its characters, its themes, and the world in which it unfolds long after the lights have dimmed.”
Producing a Los Angeles premiere offers a special opportunity to expose the community to new and important works, which keeps theatre fresh and engaging and not repetitive. People’s World reviewer Eric A. Gordon shared, “I was struck by the complete originality of this play and its social relevance,” relating the show to current issues in Uganda as well, such as the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014. Long Beach Press Telegram reviewer Eric Marchese shared his experience as, “Eye-opening and enlightening… surprising and emotionally moving… ICT’s devastatingly powerful staging deliver valuable and vibrant lessons about love, religion, violence and forgiveness.”
In an interview about Cardboard Piano, playwright Hansol Jung said “Religion can do two opposite things. It can destroy, hurt, and be an instigator of violence, but it can also be the only thing capable of controlling that violence.” Plays like Cardboard Piano aren’t meant to take sides, or pin one opinion against another; but rather to spark insightful thought and dialogue about how we live and relate to each other in the world despite our differences. ICT’s mission has always been to entertain, educate, inspire, and provoke thoughtful dialogue through live theatre. As Stage Scene LA Reviewer Steven Stanley said, “Superbly staged and acted…This is L.A. Theater at its compelling, thought-provoking best.”
The Los Angeles Premiere of Cardboard Piano resumes tonight, performing at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center for the final four performances from May 17 – May 20, 2018. To buy tickets or inquire about season subscriptions, please visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.com or call the box office at 562-436-4610.