On the Boards


On the Boards
100 West Roy Street, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle

  • Jahakooteennight

Join TeenTix + On the Boards for a night of theater like you've never seen!

Teens ages 13 - 19 are invited to Cuckoo! See this show for FREE when you RSVP using this form. Show your TeenTix Pass at the concessions stand for a free soda!


A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers. This show is in Korean with English subtitles.

In Cuckoo, South Korean artist Jaha Koo gives a touching insight into the tragedy of a lonely life in a thoroughly technologized society–all through a sequence of dialogues between Koo and three rice cookers. One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.

Twenty years ago there was a major economic crisis in South-Korea, comparable to the financial crash in the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises, and death.


7:00 PM - Doors open
8:00 PM - Show begins
9:15 PM - Talkback with artist Jaha Koo, OtB Artistic Director Rachel Cook, and Hopelab VP of Strategy & Design
10:00 PM - End of evening


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