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About Wild Goose Dreams

After its initial run in Public Studio, Hansol Jung’s fascinating and unforgettable new play "Wild Goose Dreams" returns to The Public in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season.

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?

Tony nominee Leigh Silverman ("Violet," "Chinglish," "The Outer Space") directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

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Everyone is looking for companionship. Hansol Jung’s new play “Wild Goose Dreams” is about two lonely souls who meet through an online dating site. Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean dad who sent his wife and daughter to America to pursue higher education and better opportunities while he stays home and supports them. Nanhee is a young defector, who crossed the border into South Korea, leaving behind her family in the north. The two foster an unlikely relationship in a world that feels so disconnected, where human beings meet over digital platforms.

Following its initial run in Public Studio and a production at La Jolla Playhouse, the original play with music returns to The Public under the direction of Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (“Violet,” “Chinglish”), who says the work explores what we are all “striving” for: “Connection and better understanding of ourselves.”

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What To Watch For

  • Playwright Hansol Jung got her start in the theater world by translating Broadway musicals into Korean.
  • Jung is from Korea, where the play is set.
  • The play compares to a “rom-com,” says Jung, “but set with the cultural values of Korea.”
  • The computer, through which the main characters meet, functions as a character in “Wild Goose Dreams,” with members of the ensemble becoming the sounds heard through the interwebs.

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105 minutes, no intermission

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