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posted Aug 10, 2011, 11:31 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Aug 12, 2011, 11:57 AM ]

"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."

--Chinese Proverb

"I hope you love birds too. It's economical. It saves going to heaven." 
-- Emily Dickinson

About: "Cygnus" 
Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an insurmountable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she believes. In this quirky, touching, and poetic new play inspired by the myth of Leda and the Swan, Susan Soon He Stanton spins a dark fairy tale where a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of an immaculate conception.

Susan Soon He Stanton Biography

Susan Soon He Stanton plays include:  The Underneath (Kennedy Center workshop, 2009, commission from Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yale Cabaret production, 2009), Cygnus (Inkwell workshop, 2009, Yale School of Drama production, 2008), Art of Preservation (Kumu Kahua production, 2008 & 2009, Yale School of Drama Production, 2007, published byBroadway Play Publishing), Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano?(produced and published by Kumu Kahua, 2008), Navigator(commissioned and produced by Honolulu Theatre for Youth, 2010),Edible Restaurant, a musical with Greta Gertler (commissioned and produced by New Sounds Theatre, Joe’s Pub, 2008), American Pig Pen(workshop New Century Theatre Company, 2010), Fur Ball (Ontario’s Kitchener Festival, 2010).  She has a feature-film development grant from the Sloan Foundation and a commission from Red Sky Films. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Susan received a BFA from NYU Tisch and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was awarded the Eugene O’Neil Memorial Scholarship.