Diana Miae Son is an American Playwright, TV Producer, and Writer. She joined the Netflix adaptation of Jay Ashers' novel: Thirteen Reasons Why, 13 Reasons Why as a Writer in Season 1's third episode, "Tape 2, Side A" and Executive Producer for all episodes.
Life and Career
Son was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Dover, Delaware.
Her Father, Yong Sup Son, and mother, Soon Chum 'Ruby' Son, were both from Korea. Son's Mother came to the United States in 1963. Son said her parents met in Philadelphia, where her father was a student at the College of Pharmacy and her mother was an exchange nurse at Lankenau Hospital. They moved to Dover in 1967, where they owned and operated the Town Drug Store in the Milford Shopping Center in Milford, Delaware. Son said she grew up working in the drug store.
Her first play was called 'Wrecked On Brecht', it was published in 1987. For a few years to a decade, she wrote and produced short plays in the downtown area of Manhattan. Her play 'BOY' premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 1996 and was directed by Michael Greif. The storyline for 'BOY' is based on her Mother's family adopting a male cousin. In 1998, her play 'Fishes' premiered at New Georges in New York City. She wrote the short play 'R.A.W. ('Cause I'm A Woman)', which explores how men view Asian-American women.
Her first full-length play, 'Stop Kiss', debuted in the same year as 'Fishes', it was critically acclaimed. The play was produced Off-Broadway in 1998 at The Public Theater in New York City. It was extended three times. The play's initial run featured Jessica Hecht, Saul Stein, Sandra Oh, Saundra McClain, Kevin Carroll, and Rick Holmes. She met Sandra—who has participated in readings of every play by her since they met—in 1995 in Los Angeles while involved in the New Works Festival. The play features two women who kiss on the street, and are 'grievously injured' in an attack. Themes include LGBT / gay bashing and identity.
After the first night's performance of 'Stop Kiss', she realized she would no longer have to do 'copyediting', 'proofreading', 'waitressing', and 'temping' jobs she took to support herself before the play came out. It has since been produced by hundreds of theaters. In 2014, 'Stop Kiss' was produced at the Pasadena Playhouse, where it made the Los Angeles Times' "Best of 2014" list.
In 2006, she wrote 'Satellites', a play Sandra Oh starred in that was directed by Michael Grief at The Public Theater. She said she wrote the part in 'Satellites' with Sandra in mind.
Son has worked in television since 2000, starting out as a story editor for The West Wing. She was Playwright in Residence at the Taper during this same time. She has also worked on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Southland, and Blue Bloods (TV series). In March 2015, Son began work on the ABC series American Crime. At the 2015 TCAs, NBC ordered the pilot for Love is a Four Letter Word. It will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Red Arrow’s US scripted arm, Fabrik Entertainment. She will write and executive produce with Mikkel Bondesen and Kristen Campo. Son has recently written two episodes ("Tape 2, Side A" and "Tape 6, Side A") of the Netflix adaptation of Jay Ashers' novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, 13 Reasons Why.
Awards and Nominations
- Winner of the Berilla Kerr award for playwriting.
- Winner of the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production for 'Stop Kiss'.
- Nominated for the John Gassner Playwriting prize.
- She obtained the Brooks Atkinson Fellowship at the Royal National Theatre in London.
- One of the members of the Playwrights Unit in Residence at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
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