A Single Shard
Newbery Award-winning author Linda Sue Park brings us a story of perseverance set in 12th century Korea. Living under a bridge with his only friend, the crippled Crane Man, 12-year-old orphan Tree Ear seeks a better life for them both. After Tree Ear breaks a piece of master potter Min’s work, Min grudgingly allows the boy to help with menial tasks in repayment, but never permits Tree Ear to try his hand at pottery. When the Emperor requests a sample of Min’s exquisite pottery, Tree Ear volunteers to embark on the dangerous journey in hope of earning the master potter’s respect.
Linda Sue Park, author
Robert Schenkkan, playwright
57 pgs. 2 female, 15 male (Originally performed with 9 actors)
Originally produced in Seattle Children's Theatre’s 2011-12 season
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 8+
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“For two hours the rest of the world had fallen away… it evaporated while we took a journey with Tree Ear, the determined central character in Linda Sue Park’s acclaimed YA novel cleverly adapted for the stage by Robert Schenkkan.” –Seattle’s Child
“[A Single Shard] is a charming story filled with gently presented but important lessons about kindliness, and doing one’s best.” -The Seattle Times
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