Cover photo by Krystal Eversdyk

The Art of Preservation

Susan Soon He Stanton

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Two outsiders, Dado and Desiree, have known each other all their lives in a small town on Kauai. But not until they find themselves trapped together in a library basement during a storm do they finally confront their shared childhood, struggling to negotiate their futures while honoring their past.

Production Info

Cast: 2 total (1 female, 1 male)
Short Drama (about 30 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
About the Author


  • Susan Soon He Stanton

    Susan Soon He Stanton's plays include AMERICAN PIG PEN (New Century Theatre Company workshop and Astor Street Oprey New Works Festival), CYGNUS (Inkwell workshop), FURBALL (Second Generation commission), and THE THINGS ARE AGAINST US (Yale's Carlotta Festival and RoAn workshop). Kumu Kahua produced two of her plays in rep, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JOHN BOY KIHANO? and remounted their production of ART OF PRESERVATION. She was awarded the Hawai'i prize and the Pacific Rim Prize by Kumu Kahua. THE UNDERNEATH, commissioned by Kumu Kahua, originated at the Yale Cabaret, and was workshopped at the Kennedy Center and the Unicorn Theater. Susan was Honolulu Theatre for Youth's (HTY) resident playwright for their 2010 – 11 season. HTY commissioned her to write NAVIGATOR AND WHERE DO THINGS GO? (multi-writer play). EDIBLE RESTAURANT, a musical with composer Greta Gertler (Joe's Pub performance), was a commission from New Sounds Theatre. Susan received a feature-film development grant and best screenplay award from the Sloan Foundation. BFA: NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing. MFA: Yale School of Drama. She is a member of SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab and a Lark Van Lier Fellow. She is from Honolulu, Hawai'i.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/1/2008
Pages 114
ISBN 9780881453829

Special Notes

Special Notes

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