Stella Kon (née Lim Sing Po, born 1944) is a Singaporean playwright. She is best known for her play, Emily of Emerald Hill, which has been staged internationally. She is a recipient of the S.E.A. Write Award.
Kon was born in Edinburgh in 1944. She grew up in a mansion on Emerald Hill. Kon's mother, Kheng Lim (or Rosie Seow), was an actress who inspired her daughter's love of theatre. Kon's father, Lim Kok Ann, got Kon interested in science and literature. Kon was also related to Lim Boon Keng and Tan Tock Seng who were her maternal great-grandfather and paternal great-great grandfather respectively. Kon attended Raffles Girls' School and then went on to the University of Singapore, where she earned a degree in philosophy.
Kon was first published in 22 Malaysian Stories (1962), with the work, Mushroom Harvest. Kon won the Singapore National Playwriting Competition for three plays: The Bridge (1977), The Trial (1982) and for Emily of Emerald Hill (1983).
Emily of Emerald Hill is a one-woman play that debuted in 1984 and was directed by Chin San Sooi. The melodrama follows the life of a Peranakan woman who is married into a family whe doesn't know at age 14 to a man twice her age. The story was primarily inspired by Kon's grandmother, but also includes stories drawn from the rest of her extended family. The Herald Sun wrote that the writing in Emily was "colorful and smartly written." The Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote that "The play is rich with the details of everyday life in a well-to-do Singaporeean Chinese family." The play was performed at the Commonwealth Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1986. It has also been performed in Hong Kong, Australia, the United States and in Germany.
Kon's play, The Human Heart Fruit, was staged by Action Theatre in 2002 and starred Nora Samosir. Kon's first musical, Exodus, was written with the composer, Kenneth Lyen. Her second musical, Lost in Transit, was performed at The Arts House in 2005.
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