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ArtReach's Famous
Award-Winning Play A Thousand Cranes. This touring version has been performed world-wide and inspired young people to strive for peace.


 A Thousand Cranes!  One Act Play for Professional Theatres!

First Stage Milwaukee

A Thousand Cranes is the Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award.


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 Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes

Performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC.


 Plays for Children - A Thousand Cranes

Winner of an Ohio Arts Council Playwriting Award.


 

Barter Theatre
VA

"A tremendously moving piece..."

Children's Book 
and Play Review


 Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes

"Kathryn
Schultz Miller's
A 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 strongly theatrical
terms."

Stephanie Riven, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis


 Small Cast Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes

Wild Swan Theatre, MI

"The play is deeply spiritual. The message is that hope rises from the ashes of tragedy."

Dori Baker, Washington Post


 Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes

Asian Children's Festival, Singapore

"I cannot recommend this piece highly enough."
Daniel Higgins, KDHX 88.1 FM, St. Louis


 Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes

St.Louis Repertory Theatre

"It 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


"A Thousand Cranes is a play about connecting to the past in order to see the present more clearly."
Esther, "A Catholic Mom in Hawaii"


"Director 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."

Sarah Boslaugh, TalkinBroadway, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis


 

 

Sadako and A Thousand Paper Cranes! A Thousand Cranes Sadako and A Thousand Paper Cranes!
Play for Professional Theatres

The True Story of Sadako and the Paper Cranes

A Thousand Cranes for Professional TheatresA Thousand Cranes, Sadako's Story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Syracuse Stage Company, NY

"A Thousand Cranes is one of those rare experiences that teaches you what theatre for young audiences, in its highest form, is all about."
 Hugh Murphy, for the Ohio Arts Councilil.

A 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.

Even the Youngest Audiences are SpellboundSadako, A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes, Play for Professional Theatres
Syracuse Stage Company, NY

"A 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 is obvious why it has won so many awards and hearts."
Suzanne Larson, Artistic Director - Lady's Island Dinner Theatre


A Thousand Cranes is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster.

Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Stella Adler Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Sadako 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.

A Thousand Cranes Kenji and Sadako in A Thousand Cranes

With 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.


Sadako Folds Her Thousand Cranes
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Repertory Theatre St. Louis -- Hexagon Theatre, So Africa

Before Sadako is able to complete her task, she is visited by her Grandmother who lovingly carries her on the back of a glorious crane...

A Powerful Story for Young Audiences
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Highly Acclaimed Production by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth

...To the land of a thousand, thousand spirits. There she joins her ancestors and learns that her true wish may be granted.


Extraordinary Theatre for Children
Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes
A Thousand Cranes, Lexington Children's Theatre, KY

Her friends and classmates finished Sadako's work.
They folded enough cranes to make a thousand... 

A Dramatic Message of Peace in the World
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes A Thousand Cranes - Beautiful, Simple Set Design!
Barter Theatre, VA - Adventure Stage, Chicago

Today 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: 

"This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world"


 "Strikingly Simple -- Strongly Theatrical"
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Childsplay, Arizona's Professional Theatre for Young Audiences

"In 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."
Joseph T. Rozmiarek, The Honolulu Advisor

"The Message is Hope"
Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes Children's Play for Theatres - A Thousand Cranes
Second Youth Theatre, Austin, TX - Asian Children's Festival, Singapore

"It is an extraordinary opportunity to share in a multicultural experience that has wowed family audiences throughout America."
Stephanie Riven, Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis

Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes
Karen TenEyck, Set Design, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre


Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes

Children's Plays - A Thousand Cranes

Large Cast Children's Play - A Thousand Cranes

 

There are 3 Versions of
A Thousand Cranes:

Touring Version (this page)
For Professional Theatres
Cast of 3, for Adult Actors.
(1m, 2f)

Expanded Version
For Middle Schools & High Schools
Flexible Cast of 13 for grades 6-12
(4m, 4f, 5m/f)

School Play Version
For Primary School Students
Flexible Cast of 17-38, grades K-6
(2m, 4f, 9-32m/f)


Production Information

Audience

Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Parents, Teachers, Families, Community

Cast

1m, 2f, larger cast possible

  Time

About 45 minutes

Published By

Dramatic Publishing Co.

Royalty

Royalty & Performance License Required


TEACHERS! Are you looking for a version of this play that you can perform with your students? Cast size 30+, adapted for young performers.

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