Satellites (2006), by Korean American playwright Diana Son, employs a more conventional realism to probe the intersections of race and class. An interracial family composed of an African American husband, Korean American wife, and their baby, has just moved into a previously predominantly black inner-city neighbourhood. The personal dynamics of family and childbearing have decidedly political ramifications as the parents confront issues of gentrification, mixed-race identity, and language difference.
Son foregrounds the husband and wife’s attempt to reconcile their relationship (and that with their newborn daughter) with their struggles over love and intimacy, employment, and familial obligation. Through these private concerns, Son engages broader social categories and contexts – race, class, and culture – that surround her characters and the play.
Satellites was first produced by The Public Theater of New York City, in June 2006.