Play A Thousand Cranes. This touring version has been performed
world-wide and inspired young people to strive for peace.
Thousand Cranes is the Winner of a
National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award.
in Theatre for Young Audiences:
Great Plays for Children, Coleman Jennings
John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
of an Ohio Arts Council Playwriting Award.
tremendously moving piece..."
Thousand Cranes is the moving, true story about the effects of war
on the life of a 12-year-old girl, told in strikingly simple, but
Riven, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis
Swan Theatre, MI
play is deeply spiritual. The message is that hope rises from the
ashes of tragedy."
Baker, Washington Post
Children's Festival, Singapore
cannot recommend this piece highly enough."
Higgins, KDHX 88.1 FM, St. Louis
is such a well-done, wonderful script that is really appropriate for
so many different age groups. Some of the schools brought
kindergarten classes and teachers said that the kids were mesmerized."
Katy Brown, Barter Theatre, Abington, VA
Thousand Cranes is a play about connecting to the past in order to
see the present more clearly."
Catholic Mom in Hawaii"
Jeffery Matthews has fashioned a moving presentation out of very
simple materials: four actors, a basic set, and a few simple props.
Sadako sees her grandmother again and flies on a crane's back to
heaven, an illusion beautifully realized."
Boslaugh, TalkinBroadway, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Cranes for Professional Theatres
Thousand Cranes is one of those rare experiences that teaches you
what theatre for young audiences, in its highest form, is all about."
Murphy, for the Ohio Arts Councilil.
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.
Youngest Audiences are Spellbound
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
obvious why it has won so many awards and hearts."
Larson, Artistic Director - Lady's Island Dinner Theatre
Thousand Cranes is the true and
poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima
atomic bomb disaster.
Stella Adler Academy,
Los Angeles, CA
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.
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.
Folds Her Thousand Cranes
Theatre St. Louis -- Hexagon Theatre, So Africa
Sadako is able to
complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly
carries her on the back of a glorious crane...
Powerful Story for Young Audiences
Acclaimed Production by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth
the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There
she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.
Theatre for Children
Thousand Cranes, Lexington Children's
friends and classmates finished
folded enough cranes to make a thousand...
Message of Peace in the World
Barter Theatre, VA -
Adventure Stage, Chicago
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:
is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world"
Simple -- Strongly Theatrical"
Arizona's Professional Theatre for Young Audiences
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."
T. Rozmiarek, The Honolulu Advisor
Message is Hope"
Youth Theatre, Austin, TX - Asian Children's Festival, Singapore
is an extraordinary opportunity to share in a multicultural
experience that has wowed family audiences throughout America."
Riven, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis
TenEyck, Set Design, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre
are 3 Versions of
Version (this page)
of 3, for Adult Actors.
Middle Schools & High Schools
Cast of 13 for grades 6-12
Primary School Students
Cast of 17-38, grades
Elementary Schools, Middle
Schools, Parents, Teachers, Families, Community
1m, 2f, larger cast possible
About 45 minutes
Dramatic Publishing Co.
& Performance License Required
Are you looking for a version of this play that you can perform with
your students? Cast size 30+, adapted for young performers.