Meet the Labbies: SAM CHANSE

Founded in 2004, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab is the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled. We reached out to a few of the members to learn more about the artists that are shaping the landscape of theatre for Asians.


Meet Sam Chanse.


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Ma-Yi Theater Company: Who are you?
Sam Chanse: One of four sisters, with roots in NYC, california, and Lancaster County, PA; and a new auntie as of a few weeks ago.

MYTC: What kind of stories do you like to tell?
SC: I’ve been interested in stories that are about failure, in one way or another.

MYTC: What play(s) are you currently working on?
SC: A play about international surrogacy, and another about a family that gets lost in the woods. Also starting a newer one about neuroscience/memory. And I’m developing a couple musical pieces with my collaborator-composer friend Bob Kelly–one involving genetically modified mosquitoes, and another with lobsters & skeleton women (Humans figure into both pieces, also).

MYTC: What is your favorite midnight snack?
SC: If eggs are involved, I’m usually down.

MYTC: How did you find out about the Writers Lab?
SC: I don’t remember how I first heard about it, but illustrious Labbie Kyoung Park was kind enough to let me know about the deadline the year I applied.

MYTC: Do you have a website?

Sam Chanse is a playwright and theater artist based in New York and California. A 2015 Sundance Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, her work has also been developed and supported with the Lark, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Leviathan Lab, the Claque, Labyrinth, and Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Her work includes Fruiting Bodies, gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer Bob Kelly), lobsters live forever (also with Bob Kelly), about that whole dying thing, and Back to the Graveyard. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, was published by Kaya Press.


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