February/March 2018

By Sam Chanse

Directed by Flordelino Lagundino
at IATI Theater
64 E 4th Street

When a childhood friend’s racist rant goes viral, Lee wrestles with the rage inside herself and in others. On top of that, she has to deal with a deteriorating domestic situation and a sudden xenophobic attack on a family member. What can she do? Lee seeks refuge in studies of ignorance and the science of emotions. As ancient goddesses and not-so-ancient house flies hover over her lecture notes, she comes to learn what little she really knows. In this topical and mythic dramedy,Trigger asks how we can connect people in a time of heightened fear and anger.

Creative Team

Sam Chanse Playwright
Flordelino Lagundino Director
Deb O Set Designer/Properties Designer
Nikki Delhomme Costume Designer
Christina Watanabe Lighting Designer
Matt Otto Sound Designer


Sam Chanse's (Playwright) plays include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other InstinctFruiting BodiesWhat you are now, and Lydia’s Funeral Video. She is a resident of New Dramatists, a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, and a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Millay, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Tofte Lake Center, and the Lark. Her work has been recognized by The Kilroys (Opportunities of Extinction: 2017 List; Fruiting Bodies: 2015 List; The Other Instinct: 2017 & 2016 Honorable Mention). Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is an alumna of the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground, and of the Civilians R&D Group; her work has also been developed with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, The Claque, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Stage Left, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.