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A Single Shard

By Linda Sue Park

Adapted by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Seema Sueko
April 27-May 29, 2016

REGIONAL PREMIERE. From the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, The Kentucky Cycle), an inspired adaptation of Linda Sue Park’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Every piece of humanity has a purpose in this powerful and uplifting story about an orphan who strives to become a master potter and scales mountains to find his true home. Seema Sueko directs an all-star cast (including Broadway veterans Thom Sesma and Greg Watanabe) in this magically theatrical event for every generation.

Approximate run time is 90 minutes. Best enjoyed by ages 8+

Join us for a series of FREE events surrounding select performances of A Single Shard. For the full calendar, or to register, click here. **Check calendar as times may change.**

We've partnered with local libraries to spread the word and share this multi-generational story. Check out the informative A Single Shard displays, and participate in raffles to win theatre tickets and copies of the novel.

*The 5/27 8pm performance has been canceled*


Dinner & A Show Packages

Enjoy a prix fixe dinner and a show package for $73 (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday matinee, Sunday evening) and $82 (Friday, Saturday evening, Sunday matinee) at The Farmhouse Bistro prior to the Wed-Sun evening performances. That's a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price. View the menu.


A Relaxed Performance of A Single Shard will be held on Sunday, May 22nd at 2PM.

Relaxed performances are specially adjusted sensory-friendly shows, designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming, judgment-free, and inclusive of children and families with a wide range of sensory, learning, and communication differences, including, but not limited to individuals on the Autism spectrum. Learn more here.

Performance Adjustments include:

  • House lights will remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds; (or refocusing of those moments)
  • A reduction of startling and/or strobe lighting;
  • Patrons are free to talk, vocalize and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater;
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
  • Limited crowds and visitors through the theatre lobby during the day and timing of the performance;
  • A quiet area will be available where children and their families can relax in our theatre's lobby;
  • Fidget and stress sensory toys will be available to borrow as needed; and
  • People’s Light staff, who have been trained to be inviting and accommodating to families’ needs, will be available.

    Should you require specific seating accommodations or other needs, please notify the box office.

  • Apprentice 1/Ensemble
    Aaron Bell*

    Apprentice 2/Yee/Ensemble
    Taysha Canales*

    Emissary Kim/Ensemble
    Kevin R. Free*

    Tree-Ear
    Brian Lee Huynh*

    Deer/Fox/Ensemble
    JungWoong Kim

    Min’s Wife/Ensemble
    Jade Wu*

    Master Potter Min
    Thom Sesma*

    Crane Man
    Graham Smith*

    Master Potter Kang/Ensemble
    Greg Watanabe*

    Director: Seema Sueko
    Set Design: David Weiner
    Costume Designer: Moria Sine Clinton
    Lighting Designer: Porsche McGovern
    Composer and Sound Designer: Daniel Perelstein
    Production Stage Manager: Kate McSorley Fossner*
    Dramaturg: Gina Pisasale
    Line Producer: Zak Berkman


    * Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

    Aaron Bell Apprentice 1/Ensemble
    People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Regional: An Octoroon (Wilma), Hands Up (Flashpoint), Bitter Homes and Gardens (Bearded Ladies Cabaret), We Are Proud to Present (Philly Fringe), One Minute Play Festival (InterAct), Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint). Upcoming: East Lynne Theatre Company’s revue of Richard Rodgers’ music this summer in Cape May. Proud AEA and IATSE member.

    Taysha Canales Apprentice 2/Yee/Ensemble
    People’s Light: All My Sons. Theatre Includes: Philadelphia credits: La Bête, The Jungle Book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Arden Theatre), Moon Cave (Azuka Theatre), The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, Slip/Shot (Flashpoint Theatre). She is a Wilma Theatre Hot House Company Member. Training: BFA in Acting from Arcadia University.

    Kevin R. Free Emissary Kim/Ensemble
    People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes); The Fantasticks (Bellomy); From My Hometown (Audelco Award Nominee), Taking A Chance On Love (York Theatre), The Conjure Man Dies (New Federal Theatre). Regional: CENTERSTAGE, Kennedy Center, Ordway, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, North Shore Music Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse, Charlotte Rep, NC Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arden Theatre (Barrymore Award Nominee, Violet). Producing Artistic Director of Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival. His play, A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People was a Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2013. Film/Television Includes: Law & Order: SVU; over 150 audio books; Welcome to Night Vale (Kevin); Gemma & The Bear! (web series). Website: GemmaAndTheBear.com, firethistimefestival.com, kevinrfree.com, and follow him on Twitter @kevinfree.

    Brian Lee Huynh Tree-Ear
    People’s Light: Auctioning the Ainsleys. Theatre Includes: War Horse, original Broadway cast; Measure for Measure, Epic Theatre Ensemble; The Light Years, The Debate Society/NYSAF; The 39 Steps, Triad Stage. Film/Television Includes: Elementary (CBS), The Witches of Oz. Training: BFA and MFA from Ithaca College and The Old Globe/USD, respectively.

    Jungwoong Kim Deer/Fox/Ensemble and Movement Choreographer
    People’s Light debut. Theatre/Dance Includes: Currently an Artist in Residence at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and recipient of a project grant 2015 from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage for the creation of SaltSoul, a site specific year-long performance project that will culminate on a performance in October, 2016 at Asian Arts Initiative. Has performed for the Leah Stein Dance Company since 2010. Participated in numerous company’s site-specific projects and teaching/performance residencies in urban schools. Choreography Includes: Capsized (Asian Arts Initiative, October 2014), Septum (The Iron Factory), Undercurrents (concreted and performed with Marion Ramirez, presented at Dancespace Project at St. Marks Church in NYC and Conwell Theater in Philadelphia), Gap (The National Theater of Korea) and Keep Going, a solo piece at the Arko Arts Theater, supported by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Training: Graduated from Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul with a BFA in choreography. Completed a certification in Korean martial art Sunmudo at the Golgul Buddhist Temple. Website: saltsouldance.com

    Jeanne Sakata Min’s Wife/Ensemble
    People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Red, ACT San Francisco, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, ACT Seattle, Geffen Playhouse, Sundance Theatre Institute. Special Honors: Los Angeles Ovation Award, Best Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red at East West Players. Film/Television Includes: Advantageous (2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nomination, Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision), The Babymakers, Bravo TV’s pilot True Fiction, Dr. KenM, NCIS Angeles, NUMB3RS, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Riley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage (Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF YouTube channel). Playwright: Authored the nationally acclaimed solo play Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance). Websites: holdthesetruths.info, jeannesakata.com

    Thom Sesma Master Potter Min
    People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Broadway & National Tours: The Times They Are A-Changing, The Lion King, Titanic, Miss Saigon, Search and Destroy, Man Of La Mancha. Off-Broadway: NY Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, The Drama Dept., Second Stage. Regional: McCarter Theatre, Old Globe, Baltimore Centre Stage, Yale Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The MUNY, Pasadena Playhouse. Film/Television Includes: Gotham, Jessica Jones, Single Ladies, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order, Over/Under, Lay The Favorite, Canterbury’s Law, Third Watch.

    Graham Smith Crane Man
    Company Member since 1999. People’s Light: The Cherry Orchard, King Lead, Dividing the Estate, The Rainmaker, Shipwrecked, Valley Song, A Delicate Balance, Camping With Henry and Tom, The Miser, The Crucible, Twelfth Night, The Return of Don Quixote. Theatre Includes: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Oedipus, A Man for All Seasons (NC Shakespeare), As You Like It, The Tempest, Dracula, Humanafest (Actors Theatre Louisville), Proof, Misanthrope, Angels in America, The Substance of Fire, Dinner With Friends, (Charlotte Repertory), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Moonlight and Magnolias, Red (Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach), The Seafarer, 12 Angry Men, Camping With Henry and Tom, My Three Angels, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep). Training: 13 tours with family vaudeville-magic show, Saucy Sorcery, BA Davidson College, MFA Hilberry Classic Theatre.

    Greg Watanabe Master Potter Kang/Ensemble
    People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Recently made Broadway debut in Allegiance starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. Off-Broadway: The Ballad of Yachiyo (The Public) and Golden Child (Signature Theater). Regional: World Premiere productions of The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theater), The Happy Ones (South Coast Repertory Theater, L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination, Best Featured Performance) and Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination, Best Featured Actor). Others include: Yellow Face (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play), No-No Boy (adapted by Ken Narasaki). Film/Television Includes: Madam Secretary and Aquarius. Greg belongs to the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, an Asian American comedy troupe. Website: 18mmw.com.