ENDS was staged in Chicago July 14-31, 2022 by Davjasfran Entertainment
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Two monologues from “N” will be published by Smith & Kraus in the Fall 2022 in its Best Men’s and Women’s Staged Monologues of 2021 books.
“N,” premiered at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center in October 2019. The director was TaRon Patton. Prior to the production, “N” was selected by DePaul University to be part of its Black History Month Celebration.
Recent productions of “N” include,
Black Sheep Players (Sharon, PA), September 2021.
Lewis University (Romeoville, IL), October 2021.
Angel Wing Project (Glen Burnie, Maryland), June 2022.
Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York (Albany NY), TBD.
A young, white actor is a caregiver for a passionate, social and political conservative African American woman. When he refuses to use the N-Word in a play he’s performing, they each learn something from the other’s perspective.
“A provocative world premiere by Chicago writer David Alex at the Greenhouse Theater Center, this 100-minute character piece stirs up the sometimes static tale of an evolving relationship between proverbial and political opposites. As they learn from each other, the audience gets the best of both worlds. . . Can a trigger word for hate ever be spoken on stage, especially by a white actor? Does tame talk ever touch the truth? These are questions around which Alex constructs a solid story. . .Director TaRon Patton keeps it real, with help from three actors who prove very present and accounted for.” Stage and Screen -Larry Bommer
“One of the underlying themes of my work is to examine the conflict between man’s desire to remain an individual–true to himself– with the needs of society that demand a level of conformity to ensure its survival. My writing often portrays humanity’s struggle to balance these conflicting forces and the tragedies of those who cannot.”
David Alex has received three Awards from the Illinois Arts Council in Recognition in Playwriting, a Grant from the Pilgrim Foundation and has served as the Secretary of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights and the Illinois Theatre Association.
He is a proud member of the Joseph Jefferson Committee that recognizes excellence in Chicago theatre and the Dramatists Guild.
David Alex lives in Chicago.
Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org