Among the Dead

by  Hansol Jung

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 2f, 1m or f

CRITICS' PICK! “With this outraged, deeply compassionate play, Ms. Jung is kicking, and expanding our understanding.” - The New York Times

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Among the Dead

by  Hansol Jung

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f, 1m or f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Ana is a Korean American who travels to Seoul in 1975 to retrieve her recently deceased father’s ashes. Luke is a young American soldier fighting in the jungles of Myanmar in 1944. Number Four is the name of a Korean comfort woman camping out on a bridge in Seoul in 1950, waiting for the return of the young American soldier who fathered her daughter. Three separate time periods collide in a small hotel room in Korea, mediated by a shape-shifting Jesus who first shows up as a bellboy. Among the Dead is a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other again through SPAM, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.
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CRITICS' PICK! “With this outraged, deeply compassionate play, Ms. Jung is kicking, and expanding our understanding.” - The New York Times, Read More 

“Hansol Jung offers a unique brand of storytelling.” - Theatre in the Now, Read More 

“[Hansol Jung] is a smart writer [...] who is intuitive about structure, original in vision and powerful in her tapping into the untold story of history [...] Among the Dead is magical.” - Theatre Is Easy, Read More


  • Ma-Yi Theater cast discusses Among the Dead
  • Ma-Yi Theater cast members discuss their characters in Among the Dead
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    The scenes and settings alternate between the following spaces and times:

    A hotel room in Seoul, South Korea, February 1975.

    The WWII battlegrounds of Myitkyina, Myanmar, 1944 to 1945.

    Hahn Gahng Bridge, 1950

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


1m, 2f, 1m or f
LUKE WOODS - Male. Early twenties. An American soldier.
NUMBER FOUR - Female. Teens. Korean.
ANA WOODS - Female. Thirty. Half Korean, American.
JESUS - As you will. Contemporary, weird, young, ancient. Chameleon.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)




Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Plays include Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theatre), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, Chicago and Boise Contemporary Theatre), Wolf Play, and Wild Goose Dreams. Commissions fr ...

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Among the Dead premiered at the HERE Arts Center in a production by Ma-Yi Theater Copmpany in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Ralph B Pena.

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