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Susan Soon He Stanton

SUSAN SOON HE STANTON

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  represented by Jessica Amato

Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawaii. Her work has appeared at Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Honolulu Theater For Youth, Southern Rep, Joes Pub, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Perry Mansfield, and others. Writing groups and residencies include Sundance Institute's Theater Lab Resident Playwright, Public Theaters Emerging Writers Group, Playwrights Center Corewriter, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, The Womens Project Lab, Hedgebrook, and MaYi Playwrights Lab. Awards and honors include Van Lier Fellowship at The Lark Play Development Center, Southern Rep's Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. Commissions from Kumu Kahua, Honolulu Theater for Youth, New Sounds Theater, and Second Generation. Plays include Takarazuka!!!, Today Is My Birthday, SEEK, The Things Are Against Us, Cygnus, The Underneath, Furball, and more. She is a writing consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment. She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation, and a Leviathan Lab Film Production Grant. Films include Dress (winner of 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award), Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. BFA: NYU Tisch, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

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        American Pig Pen         Art Of Preservation, The         cygnus         Furball         Naviagtor         Seek         Takarazuka!         Things Are Against Us, The [Les Choses Sont Contre Nous]         Today Is My Birthday         What Ever Happened To John Boy Kihano?



American Pig Pen

Synopsis:
A man in a ghost town

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1st Produced:
Tada Theatre, New York    03 May 2011

Organisations:
One Man Talking

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Genre:
Monologue play

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Art Of Preservation, The

Synopsis:
the Art of Preservation revolves around two outsiders, Dado and Desiree, who've known each other all their lives in a small town on Kauai, though they have not spoken in years. Desiree, a notoriously difficult librarian at the local public library, works secretly on a project that may unlock an old mystery about the town. Dado, a local boy who never grew up, breaks into the library basement looking to rekindle a romance with his ex-girlfriend, the assistant librarian. He is surprised to find Desiree there instead. After a tropical storm traps them inside the library basement, they finally confront their shared childhood. Together, they struggle to negotiate their futures while honoring their past. When the threat of a flood becomes imminent, Desiree and Dado must decide what's worth saving.
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1st Produced:
Kumu Kahua    2008

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Genre:
romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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cygnus

Synopsis:
An inexplicable and mysterious event sends Cydney on a search for a divine solution to an ordinary problem, in this quirky, language-driven play inspired by Leda and the Swan.

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1st Produced:
Workshop, Yale School of Drama, Huges Festival    2009

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Genre:
comedy, drama, experimental, fable/folktale, romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Furball

Synopsis:
Alona, an elderly Serbian immigrant, is afraid an intruder has broken. She enlists her dubious neighbor to help. Inside they discover the intruder to be a large furry animal. Soon, they are horrified to realize the intruder is actually a mysterious young woman in a strange fur coat.

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1st Produced:
Reading, Second Generation    2012

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Genre:
comedy, dark comedy, drama, experimental, fable/folktale, fantasy, romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Naviagtor

Synopsis:
Combining hula, chant, history and hard science this production explores ancient and modern stories of navigation. Questions of identity, geography and history collide when two young women, one modern and one ancient, find themselves wrestling with the stars and sea to discover their place in the world.

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1st Produced:
Honolulu Theater for Youth    2010

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Genre:
adventure, comedy, drama, young audiences

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Seek

Synopsis:
In 1926, British mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared in England. Her car was found in a chalk quarry and thousands of fans searched for the beloved author, as suspicion was cast on her adulterous husband, Archie Christie. On the eleventh day, she was discovered and claimed amnesia, never speaking or writing about the incident again. In a fictional retelling of this real life disappearance, SEEK imagines Agatha on the Big Island of Hawaii in Puna: a rough and unforgiving landscape. Burdened by a secret and chased halfway around the world, Agatha's life begins to resemble the dark stories she imagined.

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1st Produced:
Emerging Writers Group At Public Theater, New York    Apr 2013

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Genre:
adventure, biography, dark comedy, docudrama/historic, drama, mystery/thriller, period, romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Takarazuka!

Synopsis:
Part ghost story, part love story, Takarazuka! tracks the career sunset of Yuko, the star of a Japanese theater that stages all-female Western style musical extravaganzas. But when you take away her partner, her fans, and her tux, who will she be? This is part of Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks 2012 festival.

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1st Produced:
HERE Arts Center - Mainstage
145 6th AVenue, New York, NY 10013    26 May 2012

Organisations:
Clubbed Thumb

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Genre:
story

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Things Are Against Us, The [Les Choses Sont Contre Nous]

Synopsis:
Lorca. Two sisters, one claw-foot bathtub, and a young man trying to unearth the dark secrets of his grandfathers past. All roads lead to a mysterious house with a mind of its own. There are bones in the basement and creaking within. The Spreckle house invites you to spend the night.

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1st Produced:
University, Yale School of Drama Carlotta Festival    2010

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Genre:
adventure, comedy, dark comedy, drama, experimental, fantasy, farce, horror, melodrama, mystery/thriller, romantic comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Today Is My Birthday

Synopsis:
Emily is a would-be writer whose bubble life in NYC has popped. Finding life back home chaotic and unfulfilling, she becomes strangely activated after creating a sassy alter-ego for a radio bit. Told through a playful mixture of live radio, voicemail, and phone calls, Today Is My Birthday is a quirky comedy about life with a thousand friends on Facebook and no one to have dinner with on Saturday night.

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Nominated for The Kilroys 2015. The Kilroys is a group of playwrights and producers in LA who publish an annual industry survey of excellent new plays by female and trans playwrights. It is a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans playwrights in the American theater.

1st Produced:
[reading] Ma-Yi Writers Room, New York    Feb 2014

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Genre:
dark comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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What Ever Happened To John Boy Kihano?

Synopsis:
Winner of the 2006 Kumu Kahua theatre/UHM theatre Department contest, this Kumu Kahua world premiere deals with the mysterious disappearance of a child and the effects it has on his family. John Kihano, who likes to take his youngest son fishing, returns one day without him, offering only a vague explanation about the child going to stay on the Big Island with "Auntie Maile." the problem is, no one in the family has ever heard of Auntie Maile, whom John claims is a friend of his mother whom he hasn't seen for twenty years. He has no address or phone number for her. What really happened? Did John Boy drown? Was he kidnapped? His Father remains silent, only offering assurances that he will return, without specifying when. As the days turn into weeks, the police become involved, the search continues, the mystery deepens, tensions mount, loyalties shift and the family begins to fall apart.
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1st Produced:
Kumu Kahua    2009

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Genre:
drama, fable/folktale

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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