Kimchi Kid • TYA Family Play about the power of Adoption

by Joanna H. Kraus

When Hak Soo, a nine-year old Korean boy, arrives at a New York airport, he’s frightened by the excited crowd of black and white faces, cameras flashing. Seven-year old Min-Ji, also adopted – but to another couple – grips his hand, until she’s snatched away. Does Hak Soo belong to Korea, where he’s despised because his father was American, or to his new home where children call him names? Hak Soo wants none of the strange food his adoptive mother offers or the stuffed bear she tries to give him. When a clash with a bully escalates to a broken school window, he wants to return to Korea – even if he has to walk. His new parents and their Korean friend try to help, and a sympathetic classmate points out that “O.K.” is the same in both languages. Eventually, it’s Hak Soo who explains what adoption means, and he’s reunited with Min Ji. The hard-won bonding of a family comes through love and respect, and Hak Soo’s ability to welcome two homes in his heart.


Play Details

  • 19 cast, doubling possible (Some of the characters should be Korean in order to play truthfully.)
  • Current day Costumes
  • Simple settings
  • 70 minutes
  • Order #3249

AWARDS:

Kimchi Kid was a finalist in the 2nd IUPUI Children’s Theatre Playwrighting Competition and Symposium, held by the University Theatre, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1987.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of the play: Kimchi Kid PERUSAL
  • Another way to peruse all of Joanna H. Kraus’ Young Audience plays is to purchase FIVE PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES, Volume 8 in the Theatre for Young Audiences SERIESHERE for $14.95

PURCHASE REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

    • Script RENTAL in PDF format  — Order #3249a : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



    • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3249d : $55




    • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3249e : $45




  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Performance License Application: No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us. This is a filler form that after you click “SUBMIT” will send directly to our email address. Response averages 2-3 business days.




PRODUCTIONS

  • Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Premiere: University Theatre, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) – 1987

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Kimchi Kid
a two act play for young audiences

by
Joanna H. Kraus and Hobart Brown

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
Kimchi Kid is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


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