Susan Soon He Stanton

Susan Soon He Stanton

Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai'i.

Plays include we, the invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Today Is My Birthday (Page 73), Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Pipeline), Solstice Party! (Live Source), The Things Are...
Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai'i.

Plays include we, the invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Today Is My Birthday (Page 73), Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Pipeline), Solstice Party! (Live Source), The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Navigator (Honolulu Theatre for Youth), The Underneath (Kumu Kahua Theatre), and more. She has developed plays at theaters including Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Yellow Earth, Joe's Pub, McCarter Theatre, and others.

She is an inaugural recipient of the Venturous Playwrights Fellowship with the Lark, and an inaugural recipient of the Lark's Van Lier Fellowship. She is a two-time Sundance Institute's Theater Lab Resident Playwright. Writing groups and residencies past and present include New Dramatists, Playwrights Center Core Writer Fellowship, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, The Women's Project Lab, P73's Interstate 73, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, MaYi Playwrights Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Hedgebrook, One Coast Collaboration (2x), and Terra Nova GroundBreakers. Writing groups at the Lark include Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop, New York Stage & Film (3x), Winter Writers' Retreat (2x), Playground (3x).

Awards and honors include Leah Ryan FEWW, Kilroys' List 2015, 2016, 2017, Southern Rep's Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, Po'okela Award for best new play, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. From Kumu Kahua Theatre, she has received four playwriting awards, Hawai'i Prize (2x) and Resident Prize (2x).

Commissions from theaters include Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater/Crowded Fire, South Coast Repertory, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theater, Live Source, New Sounds Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Second Generation, and others. She has worked as a writing consultant for Disney Theatrical Entertainment and 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 Bushwick Beats, Dress (winner of 2014 Hawai'i International Film Festival Audience Award), Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. She wrote a comedic mini-series called We Are the Interns.

Susan holds a BFA from NYU Tisch's Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she received the Audrey Woods Fellowship and the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Scholarship.

She works as a staff writer for the TV series Succession on HBO.

Plays

  • we, the invisibles
    In 2011, the director of the International Monetary Fund was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, but all charges were dismissed. we, the invisibles introduces hotel workers like Diallo who have come to New York from all over the globe. This play is an investigation of the complicated relationship between the movers and shakers and the people who change their sheets.
  • Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano?
    Inspired by a real-life disappearance, John Boy... is the story of a Hawaiian-Chinese fisherman plunges his family into a crisis when he returns home claiming to have given his youngest son to a woman the cannot prove exists.
  • Today Is My Birthday
    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.
  • Naviagtor
    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.
  • The Things Are Against Us [Les Choses Sont Contre Nous]
    Lorca. Two sisters, one claw-foot bathtub, and a young man trying to unearth the dark secrets of his grandfather’s 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.
  • SEEK
    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...
    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.
  • cygnus
    Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an ineffable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she imagines. In this mythic, hilarious, and poetic new play, a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention.

  • Furball
    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.
  • Art Of Preservation
    A difficult librarian and a local boy who never grew up, are trapped in a library basement in Kauai by heavy rainstorm. When the threat of a flood becomes imminent, they must decide what's worth saving.
  • TAKARAZUKA!!!
    Yuko is the Top Star of the Takarazuka, an all-female Japanese performance troupe, that has put on lavishly staged spectacles for decades. Facing retirement, Yuko begins to be haunted by the ghost of a former top star. Mysterious events happen at the theater as Yuko’s sayonara performance looms and a new star is set to rise to the top.