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Isle playwright adds to resume with fellowship in NYC

By Ben Wood


HAWAII PLAYWRIGHT Susan Soon He Stanton looks to be very well on her way to making it big. Her latest achievement is being appointed to a one-year residency at New York’s Lark Play Development Center as one of two inaugural fellows in the company’s Van Lier Fellowship Program. The fellowships support two artists, under 30, annually in moving from training to professional careers. Susan has received prizes for her plays by Kumu Kahua. “The Underneath,” which she wrote, was commissioned by Kumu Kahua, and originated at the Yale Cabaret and workshopped at the Kennedy Center and Unicorn Theater. She is Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s resident playwright for its 2010-11 season. HTY commissioned her to write “Navigator,” performed statewide for more than 20,000 children. She contributed to HTY’s multiwriter piece, “Where Do Things Go?,” on tour this year. Among her awards is a feature-film development grant and best screenplay prize from the Sloan Foundation for “Rosalind’s Helix.” Her plays have been performed in London, New York, California and Connecticut. She is a contributor for Audrey, an Asian-American women’s magazine. Susan is a 1999 Punahou grad, has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a masters from Yale School of Drama ...

SOMETHING’S FISHY: A book signing for Ben Wong’s “Let’s Go Fishing Cookbook” will be held May 21 at Pacific Ocean Producers, the fishing tackle biz at Pier 38. Ben produces and hosts “Let’s Go Fishing,” carried on Sundays at 5 p.m. by KHON. The book project began two years ago under the direction of Ben’s daughter, Toni Wong, and the support of Honolulu Fish Company and the Hawaii Seafood Council ...

THE SILENT auction benefit at Trump Waikiki last Saturday for Japan’s children, displaced by the earthquake and tsunami, raised $50,150. The “Celebrity Apprentice” package went for $3,500. A sold-out crowd of 130 attended the event co-hosted by Kelly Hu and Mark Dacascos ...

PALAMA SETTLEMENT is trying to raise $2,000 to continue two programs that were shut down last week because of lack of funding. They are the keiki after-school ceramics program, with volunteers from the Hawaii Potters Guild, and the teen breakdancing program. Donors may contact Nicole Kuwahara at or by calling 848-3945 or 848-2502 ...

SWINGING ON: The Miss Hawaii 2011 Golf Tournament tees off May 27 at Pearl Country Club. The tourney benefits the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Fund. Entry fee is $175 per person or $525 for teams of three. Entry deadline is May 14. Golfers will have the chance to meet 22 young women who make up the state finalists for Miss Hawaii 2011. For more info on the tourney and banquet, call John Pang at 479-8098, Don Harada, 947-7575, or Ken Rakta, 247-4121 ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things. E-mail him at

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