( 1965- )
Diana Son, who was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Dover, Delaware. She attended New York University and received a BA in dramatic literature in 1987. In 1993 she attended the Iowa Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. Diana Son is currently a member of the Emerging Playwright's Unit in residence at New York's Public Theatre. In addition to having her plays produced at various venues in New York, Son's short stories have been read at colleges, high schools, and museums in the city. Her fiction has been published by the Asian Pacific American Journal, and her short story "Fireflies to Bittersweet" appears in Voices Stirring, an anthology of Korean American literature. Son is a member of the New Dramatists.
Diana Son has been described as "one of the few Asian American women writers dealing head on with issues of sexuality." In her bold comedy Boy, Son confronts the issues of gender discrimination in the raising of children. An exaggerated, parodic style permeates the narrative of birth and maturation. Mama and Dr. Papa Uber Alles eagerly await the birth of their fourth child. Both parents and their three daughters (Hymen, Labia, and Vulva) are convinced that the baby will be a boy. Unwilling to suffer the humiliation when the child is, in fact, born a girl, the parents raise the baby as a boy. Although Boy, as she is called, excels at the masculine skill of carpentry, her sensitivity and kindness set her apart from the other boys her age. Boy uses her carpentry skills to build homes for the squirrels and other animals. Eventually Boy is asked to refurbish a house for Jesse and her daughter, Charlotte. Not until Boy begins to fall in