A Note From the Dramaturg of Locked House by Samantha Chanse

LOCKED HOUSE: a tragicomic fairytale of indeterminate nature


“You have to kill your gods to go somewhere. You have to kill your
ancestors! Because they’re imaginary! Ha Ha! I don’t have any
ancestors! I just have me! See that?”

So proclaims Lawton Locke, the larger-than-life patriarchal figure of Samantha Chanse’s new play, LOCKED HOUSE – opening this weekend at Columbia University’s Schapiro Studio Theatre. Lawton’s ideas of how one should forge his own path and define for himself who he is and who he is not, may sound extreme to the uninitiated, but this is one of the fundamental questions pursued in Samantha Chanse’s latest play: namely, what is it that defines us? And can any of us, no matter where we have come from or how far removed we are from our place of origin, ever truly transcend history’s writing upon our body? Can any of us escape the proof of who we are,  so forcefully written upon our face?  Each of the characters in LOCKED HOUSE, ultimately, must discover for themselves what is the one true thing in their lives – what it is that defines them. But they better hold on tight, for shimmering on the horizon is a familial battle where imaginary ancestors abound,  and where come the morning after, this locked house may never be the same.

See you at the theatre!
— Jay Jaski, Dramaturg

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