SL: Mint chocolate chip.
KLC: Where's the coolest place you've ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
SL: Istanbul. There's so many reasons Istanbul is cool, but the easiest is the Hagia Sophia.
Another reason: while I was in Istanbul, I had this incredible transformative moment in the most stupid way possible. I was staying with a Turkish family, and after they took me to see the Hagia Sophia, we were sitting in their living room watching Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Turkish. And we got to the part where (spoiler alert) Boromir dies and - I don't really know why or how - it suddenly hit me how inevitable death is, that everyone I love is going to die, how short and precious and bittersweet life is. Trite, I know. But, I was 17 and I think this was the first time I really, concretely felt this. It was such an overwhelming experience in such a ridiculous context.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
SL: Time Bandits. "Don't touch it! It's evil!"
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
SL: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
KLC: The United States electoral process is ________________.
SL: Wait... Electoral Process? What? I was definitely pretty sure that we had some kind of hereditary plutocracy. Right?
But in all honesty, I'm going to caucus in Iowa (for the first time in my life). I'll get back to you after that experience.
KLC: What's the strangest thing you've ever done to get someone's attention?
SL: I write plays. Is there any stranger way to get attention? I mean, all I want is for everyone in the world to notice me and pay attention to me and love me, but I've picked maybe the least affective way to accomplish this. Except writing poetry.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
SL: An actual, functioning light saber. That would be pretty cool. But, then I'd be an weapons manufacturer, wouldn't I? Yikes. Maybe not.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
SL: I kinda feel like this is a leading question...
Because I know for 100% certain that bigfoot and elves already exist. My friend (and fellow Iowa playwright) Theresa Giacopasi has definitive proof. So, yeah.
KLC: Wild card question! Have you ever won a medal, trophy, ribbon, etc at something that had absolutely nothing to do with writing? What was it?
SL: When I was 7, I won a first place ribbon in an archery competition at summer camp. And it was so sweet because I beat the camp bully Greg Thomson and he cried. Suck it, Greg Thomson.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you in an interview before?
SL: Sure, I can do that. My biggest weaknesses are caring too much, working too hard, and being too honest.
Sam Lahne’s plays include #julys, Water Bound, I Meant to Build a House, and Magicicada, and have been produced or developed by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Barter Theatre, Jewish Plays Project: OPEN Festival of New Jewish Theater, Endstation Theatre Company, Studio Trim Tab/University of Cincinnati, Forum Theatre, Rorschach Theater, and The Amoralists. Sam was an Endstation Theatre Company/Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival resident playwright and a winner of the Red Bull Theater Short Play Competition. Sam received his BA from Vassar College and is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa.