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A Conversation with STOP KISS playwright Diana Son

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
23:30 p.m.


CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South , Screening Room, INTS 1128
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A Public Conversation with Diana Son, playwright, screenwriter, and showrunner
Moderated by Prof. Donatella Galella

We will discuss Diana Son's career across stage and screen, her advice for student artists, and her insights into navigating intersecting dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality. Her play Stop Kiss will be performed at UCR May 4-13.

Diana Son is Executive Producer of the Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why.” She has been Emmy-nominated twice as Co-Executive Producer of the ABC series “American Crime.” In 2015 she created and executive produced the pilot “Love is a Four-Letter Word” for NBC. She has also been a writer/producer for a number of series including “Southland,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” “Do No Harm” and started her t.v. career as a staff writer for “The West Wing.” Diana has also written a number of pilots for CBS, NBC and A&E as well as a television movie for Showtime and feature films for Fine Line and Brave New World Films.

Diana is also the author of the plays Stop Kiss, Satellites, BOY, R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m a Woman) and others.  Stop Kiss and Satellites premiered at the Public Theater in NYC.  Stop Kiss was extended at the Public Theater three times making it the longest running straight play since “A Chorus Line.” It won the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production and Diana won the John Gassner Playwriting Prize and the Berilla Kerr Award for playwriting.  Stop Kiss has been produced at hundreds of theatres nationally and abroad and been translated into a number of different languages including Hungarian, Japanese, and Korean.  Her previous plays include BOY, Fishes, and R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m a Woman). Amongst the theatres Diana’s plays have been produced at are: La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Delaware Theatre Company, BRAVA, New Georges, and many others. 

Diana has been the recipient of an NEA/TCG residency grant at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and a Brooks Atkinson Fellowship at the National Theatre in London.  She has taught playwriting at NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and the Yale School of Drama. She is currently Program Chair of the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship program.

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production and the CHASS Dean's Office.

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