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Actor’s Express’ Cardboard Piano Explores Love And Religion In War-Torn Uganda

“Cardboard Piano” opens next weekend at Actor’s Express. Director Karen Robinson and actor Stephen Ruffin spoke with Lois Reitzes about the production.
“Cardboard Piano” opens next weekend at Actor’s Express. Director Karen Robinson and actor Stephen Ruffin spoke with Lois Reitzes about the production.
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Actor’s Express continues its season with another look at Christianity. Following their play “The Christians,” this next one, “Cardboard Piano” is set 1999 in war-torn Uganda.

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The play takes its audience to a remote Ugandan village, where we two 16-year-old girls, a local villager and the daughter of American missionaries, have fallen in love.

“They are joyously in love with one another, and there’s a sense of that 16 year old idealism that love is what matters,” said director Karen Robinson.

But their love is quickly torn apart after a child soldier, Pika, stumbles into their makeshift wedding ceremony.

“Pika a child soldier. He’s Ugandan and was taken from his family when he was 10 years old, and has basically been trained and indoctrinated and tortured to become a soldiers of the LRA,” explained actor Stephen Ruffin.

Ruffin and Robinson spoke more about the play with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “Cardboard Piano” opens next weekend at Actor’s Express and runs through Dec. 3.