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A Thousand Cranes
Small Cast (Touring) Play for Theatres, Schools
Medium Cast Version | Large Cast School Play Version

Even Youngest Audiences are Spellbound!

A Thousand Cranes

Cast: 3 (1M, 2F), expandable, adults
Time: about 40-45 minutes
CD: sound FX, background music
Audience: primary-intermediate, families
Published by: Dramatic Publishing
(Arrangements for scripts, performance rights)

The true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. A touching play about strength, hope and peace for the world.

 

A Thousand Cranes

Cast: 3 (1M, 2F), expandable, adults
Time: about 40-45 minutes
CD: sound FX, background music
Audience: primary-intermediate, families
Published by: Dramatic Publishing
(Arrangements for scripts, performance rights)

The true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki. A touching play about strength, hope and peace for the world.

A Thousand Cranes is an extraordinary departure from children's theatre as usual.  Thought provoking and dramatic, even the youngest audiences can understand the play's deepest meanings.

A Thousand Cranes for Professional Theatres
A Thousand Cranes, Sadako's Story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Syracuse Stage Company, NY

"A Thousand Cranes is one of those rare experiences that teaches you what theatre for young audiences, in its highest form, is all about."
 Hugh Murphy, for the Ohio Arts Councilil.

A Thousand Cranes is an extraordinary departure from children's theatre as usual. This play may be staged with a few simple props and unlimited imagination. The result is always elegant and moving.

Even the Youngest Audiences are Spellbound
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Syracuse Stage Company, NY

"A Thousand Cranes is one of the most moving pieces of American playwriting I have ever had the privilege of experiencing, It has a timely theme and universal appeal.  It is obvious why it has won so many awards and hearts."
Suzanne Larson, Artistic Director - Lady's Island Dinner Theatre


A Thousand Cranes is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster.

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Stella Adler Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Sadako was only two years old when the bomb fell and seemed to be unharmed, but at twelve she was diagnosed with "radiation sickness" an aftermath of the bomb's effects.

A Thousand Cranes Kenji and Sadako in A Thousand Cranes

With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: If a sick person folds a thousand paper origami cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. She begins to fold her thousand cranes.


Sadako Folds Her Thousand Cranes
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Repertory Theatre St. Louis -- Hexagon Theatre, So Africa

Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane...

A Powerful Story for Young Audiences
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Highly Acclaimed Production by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth

...to the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.


Extraordinary Theatre for Children
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A Thousand Cranes, Lexington Children's Theatre, KY

Her friends and classmates finished Sadako's work.
They folded enough cranes to make a thousand... 

A Dramatic Message of Peace in the World
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Barter Theatre, VA - Adventure Stage, Chicago

Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: 

"This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world"


 "Strikingly Simple -- Strongly Theatrical"
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Childsplay, Arizona's Professional Theatre for Young Audiences

"In one precise, economical line, the playwright frees Sadako from her task, shifts emphasis from an individual child to the greater community, and expands the story's scope from sustaining a single life to that of a global effort toward peace. "It is better," says her grandmother," for others to finish the cranes."
Joseph T. Rozmiarek, The Honolulu Advisor

"The Message is Hope"
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Second Youth Theatre, Austin, TX - Asian Children's Festival, Singapore

"It is an extraordinary opportunity to share in a multicultural experience that has wowed family audiences throughout America."
Stephanie Riven, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis

Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes
Karen TenEyck, Set Design, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre


A Thousand Cranes has three versions:

Large Cast School Play Version
Flexible Cast of 17-38 (2M, 4F, all others M/F) for grades K-6

Medium Cast Version
Flexible Cast of 13 (4M, 4F, 5M/F) for grades 6-12

Small Cast (Touring) Version (this page)
Cast of 3 (1M, 2F) for adult actors.

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