Alexander Utz
Chicago, IL
Chicago-based actor and playwright

Plays

The first four people to be born on Mars act out made up scenes imagining what it would be like to live on Earth. They are waiting to find out if they passed "The Test," allowing them to go outside for the first time in their lives. But as questions are raised about the people and places that surround them, it becomes clear that the outside world isn't as simple as they've imagined.

Cast:
1m, 1w, 2 gender-neutral

Deirdre, Piper, and Will work for a mysterious artistic prodigy named Gene, creating all the works of art he claims as his own. Also, they're not really ever allowed to leave the office. So when the new employee, Jess, starts trying to change the way things are done, it looks like their lives are about to finally improve. But it soon becomes clear that enacting change isn't always easy to do.

Cast:
1m, 2w, 2 gender-neutral
by Alexander Utz

It's 1761. Five researchers have been selected by the Danish government to travel to the Arabian peninsula, to "Happy Arabia." But the journey isn't as happy as its destination. The doctor is incompetent, the botanist is elitist, and the linguist has enough arsenic to kill them all. And that's hardly the worst of it. When the Narrator appears and tries to save the expedition from certain failure, the researchers begin to realize that their story may not belong to them anymore.

Cast:
6 gender-neutral

Frances Howe, high school senior, isn't doing anything with her life. Her grades are getting dangerously low, her friends are preparing to move on to college life, and everyone keeps asking about her nonexistent plans post-graduation. So when her mom mysteriously breaks up with her history teacher, Frances hatches a plan to get back at him and boost her grades at the same time. But things don't go exactly as she expects, and before she knows it she's dressing as a presidential assassin in the guidance counselor's office. How did she get here? And where does she go next?

Cast:
1m, 6w OR 1m, 4w, 2nb
by Alexander Utz

When a security guard goes missing inside the back room of a luxury sock store, new hire Casey decides to lead the rescue effort. And if dealing with entitled customers and ambivalent managers weren't obstacles enough, Casey is soon facing off with an owner who refuses to show his face and a doorway that seems to lead to alternate dimensions. When none of the other employees are much help, Casey alone will have to navigate the mundanity of retail to save a man from the paranormal.

Cast:
2m, 2w, 2nb
by Alexander Utz

An adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic, in which the story of Frankenstein is interwoven with elements of Shelley's own life and the origin of the Frankenstein legend. Perhaps the monsters we conjure are not always as inhuman as they seem. Written for Bower Theatre Ensemble's inaugural season.

Cast:
4m, 5w, 3e OR 2m, 3w with doubling
by Alexander Utz

Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin shared a tumultuous nine weeks living together in the south of France, culminating in van Gogh cutting off his own ear. Meanwhile, the spirits of Jack the Ripper's victims are looking for a way to express their anger and confusion at their fate. When these women's spirits begin to intertwine with the artists' lives, violence and art collide.

Cast:
2m, 4w

Successes

Generation Red will be receiving a staged reading on October 27, 2019 as a part of Benchmark Theatre's 2019 Fever Dream Festival.

The Creators will receive a full production in August 2020 as a part of the Three Brothers Theatre's Playwright Residency Program in Waukegan IL.

Generation Red will be receiving a full production in January 2020 as a part of the "Second Stage" series, with Otherworld Theatre in Chicago.

Frances Makes History will receive a two-night workshop production in July 2019, with Avalanche Theatre in Chicago. More information here.

Alexander Utz's new adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN received its world premiere production with Bower Theatre Ensemble, in Chicago. It was the company's inaugural production, and ran March 9 - 31, 2018.