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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  • 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.
  • Hannah C Langley:
    7 Sep. 2018
    It’s taken me over a week to process this play. But all I can say is that it was one of the most powerful and transcendent pieces about mothers, daughters, and trauma, I’ve had the pleasure to see on-stage. To tell you any more about the story would do you a disservice. Just prepare for a flood of feels that will make you hug your child/parent close when you get home.

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