Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse’s plays include The Opportunities of Extinction (2018 Cherry Lane Mentor Project, 2017 Kilroys List, Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, Ars Nova Out Loud), The Other Instinct (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Lark Playwrights’ Week, O’Neill Semifinalist, 2017 & 2016 Kilroys List Honorable Mention, StageLeft Leapfest), Trigger (Leviathan Lab, New Dramatists Creativity Fund, SPACE...
Sam Chanse’s plays include The Opportunities of Extinction (2018 Cherry Lane Mentor Project, 2017 Kilroys List, Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, Ars Nova Out Loud), The Other Instinct (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Lark Playwrights’ Week, O’Neill Semifinalist, 2017 & 2016 Kilroys List Honorable Mention, StageLeft Leapfest), Trigger (Leviathan Lab, New Dramatists Creativity Fund, SPACE at Ryder Farm), What You Are Now (EST/Sloan commission, Civilians R&D Group), Fruiting Bodies (2015 Kilroys List, Lark Studio Retreat, the Claque, Ma-Yi Labfest), and Lydia’s Funeral Video (Kaya Press, San Francisco Arts Commission). She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Play Group. A former Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her work has also been developed with The Civilians R&D Group, The Yale Institute of Musical Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival.

Plays

  • Fruiting Bodies
    Two sisters go into the woods to find their missing father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom hunting expedition. Deep in the forest they encounter a mysterious boy -- who bears a striking resemblance to the dad's estranged son, the sisters' younger brother. With limited visibility, a forest that keeps turning itself around, and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes...
    Two sisters go into the woods to find their missing father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom hunting expedition. Deep in the forest they encounter a mysterious boy -- who bears a striking resemblance to the dad's estranged son, the sisters' younger brother. With limited visibility, a forest that keeps turning itself around, and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes, will they ever be able to find the road -- or one another?
  • The Opportunities of Extinction
    Taking refuge from a twitterstorm and other assorted upheaval on a last-minute camping trip, Mel and Arjun meet Georgia, a solitary young woman studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree.
  • Trigger
    When Lee recognizes childhood friend Allie in a video of a racist rant that goes viral, Lee's sister, Grace, urges her to reach out. As Lee becomes uncomfortably reacquainted with Allie, a volatile domestic situation and sudden crisis explode the world around her. In a time of heightened fear and anger, how can Lee connect with others, and contend with her own rage? A play about this country and this...
    When Lee recognizes childhood friend Allie in a video of a racist rant that goes viral, Lee's sister, Grace, urges her to reach out. As Lee becomes uncomfortably reacquainted with Allie, a volatile domestic situation and sudden crisis explode the world around her. In a time of heightened fear and anger, how can Lee connect with others, and contend with her own rage? A play about this country and this moment, the fury around and within us, and what happens next.
  • The Other Instinct
    Tara serves as a gestational surrogate in a Gujarat clinic for Denise, thousands of miles away in California. Each woman is set on realizing her dreams in a rapidly changing world, but complications only intensify as a deeply personal experience becomes a global transaction.