I Go Somewhere Else

FULL-LENGTH: When 70s film prom queen Carrie is your role model, your adolescence must really suck. Will Lanny grow into a well-adjusted adult who can forgive her mother's many faults? Or will she burn the whole town to the ground with telekinetic powers? Well, a girl can dream, can't she? A play full of good music, bad memories, and the hope for a better Scott Baio.
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I Go Somewhere Else

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    21 Jul. 2020
    An exquisite play that examines family trauma, mother-daughter relationships, loneliness, mental health, and the intersection of those things with race and gender. Lanny/Langree/Tabitha's relationship with her Blackness and self image, and how that is inextricably tied with the self image of her mother is so potently explored here. The separation of Lanny into three parts (and how those parts interact) is a brilliant device to heighten the sense that, as we grow, we both try to leave behind who we were and wish for a peek into the unknowable future to confirm that we make it through.
  • Jalisa Leelee Jackson:
    13 May. 2020
    This is one of the most powerful narratives that explores Black girls with not so warm and loving mothers. This play is a testament to a non-commercialized understanding of complex relationships between mother and daughter and the role colorism plays in natal relationships. My friend was able to address to real life issues with her mother after witnessing this play, which shows how it works even after curtains. I Go Somewhere Else is a revelation and testament to the times.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    13 Jan. 2019
    A visceral read. There's much to say of Craig-Galván's writing, images irradiating from the page, language resonating, economical, poetic; performance is seldom so clearly delineated within a script as it is here. Lanny's story of abuse begins rooted in ignominies of race, from her dialect, to the management of her natural hair, with all of it being enforced (and reinforced) by her mother. The play's thematic endeavor, to have an objective view of Reda, requires solemn, informed apprehension regarding numerous psychosocial issues, which Langree and Tabitha seek to achieve through revisiting, maybe even correcting, a journey of learned shame.

Production History

  • Professional
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    Playwrights' Arena
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    2019
  • Professional
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    Playwrights' Arena
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    2018

Awards

Nominee - Writing
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Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award
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2018
Semi-Finalist
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Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize
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2015