Chicago Premiere

January 17 - March 17, 2019

A hopeful and moving story of loss, love, and the power of faith.

At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda, the daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl prepare to exchange vows in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the brutality of the war zone around them encroaches on their fragile union, the two are faced with a reality they cannot escape. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, CARDBOARD PIANO explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.

CARDBOARD PIANO premiered as a part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays in March 2016. The Louisville Courier-Journal called it “haunting” and “authentic,” writing that “Jung’s characters never offer clear answers to what is to be done when hearts and lives are broken from violence and denunciation, but this promising playwright’s story suggests a power in facing the damage done and picking up the pieces to inform each step forward.” And Louisville Insider reflected that “Jung leaves herself plenty of room for questions and accusations that reach far beyond the borders of Uganda.”

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Discussions & Events

  • MyLine Preview Pizza Party: CARDBOARD PIANO
    Thursday, January 10 at 6:45 pm

    Pizza, drinks and a special pre-show discussion before CARDBOARD PIANO.

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  • Opening Night Celebration: CARDBOARD PIANO
    Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30pm

    Opening Night for this Chicago premiere, the third production of our 2018-19 Season.

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  • CARDBOARD PIANO: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • CARDBOARD PIANO: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into CARDBOARD PIANO with members of the production team.

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  • CARDBOARD PIANO: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, February 10

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of CARDBOARD PIANO
    Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • CARDBOARD PIANO: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, February 24

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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