Also, Susan and I are both Hapa, and there are very few people out there who I feel so connected to just on a personal level based on our experiences growing up and our perspective on the world coming from mixed families. Awards and honors include Leah Ryan FEWW, Kilroys’ List 2015-2017, 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. Jennifer: Yeah, and to interact with one of the designers while you’re in the process of performance, that never happens to me. You behave differently when the only way that the other person is reaching you is through your voice. (Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Lab), Solstice Party! You can fail a little bit more freely because when your character is failing, you’re still alone and nobody can see you, so you’re failing alone. INTRACTABLE WOMAN - Play Company - Off Broadway - Wrt. Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai‘i. The title of Susan Soon He Stanton’s hilarious, intricate new comedy doesn’t refer to anything in the play itself. The explosion of all these things has made our lives more complicated in a lot of ways. They spend a lot of money on concerts and various things, but not necessarily theatre, and is there a way to bridge to them?” They thought this play was an interesting fit because there was something very modern about it and tech and fun in terms of the old form of radio or older form of theatre where it’s a new way of looking at it. In this mythic, hilarious, and poetic new play, a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention. National New Play Network (NNPN) is an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. 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. You feel like a failure, and that effort to climb out of that through communicating when communicating can make it harder. Susan: When I first started writing the play, it started off very light. Stefano Massini Dir. Do you find that film and TV has impacted how people watch the play? Before rehearsal, we had a spacing workshop where we tried all these different things—physical phones, no phones, some people on mics—because everything was very open and there was a big question of like, there’s lots of good choices, but what is the best one or the best choice to get at what we’re trying to explore in this production?
It’s one that is going to be really fun to keep exploring through the run. Susan: I was so weirded out by everyone thinking that Emily was me that the next play that I wrote, the main character is named Susan. Page 73 Productions has announced that its fall production will be the world premiere of Susan Soon He Stanton's new play, Today Is My Birthday, directed by Kip Fagan. When the threat of a flood becomes imminent, they must decide what's worth saving. On the eleventh day, she was discovered and claimed amnesia, never speaking or writing about the incident again. People are watching content on TV and watching films that they haven’t been exposed to and I think that that will naturally extend to what they’re interested in in the theatre. Club members can see a different show every night of the week. The story is told through phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots. 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. Susan, when you were writing it, how did you feel the form went with the content? Also, just to have this long process of trying different things and figuring it out.
The Spreckle house invites you to spend the night. Jennifer Ikeda Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography. This play is unusual in terms of form. The other thing that is really wonderful about the challenge of the piece, and the way that it has transitioned from being a purely oral experience into a staged theatrical one, is that it offers this exploration of public versus private in a way that is very challenging as an actor, because all of the scenes happen with two people in different spaces, and you behave differently when you’re alone. By signing up you are confirming you are 16 or over. She wrote a comedic mini-series called We Are the Interns. Theatre is my medium, so I love actual bodies and space. Susan: Yeah, we transform. Today Is My Birthday is a comedy following Emily, a would-be writer, who retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
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