Alexander Utz

Alexander Utz

Alexander Utz is a Chicago-based playwright and actor, as well as a co-founder and Artistic Director of Avalanche Theatre. His plays have been read and performed with Bower Theatre Ensemble, Three Brothers Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, The Plagiarists, Three Cat Productions, and 5th Wall Productions. He is a proud member of the 2018-2020 Playwright Residency with...
Alexander Utz is a Chicago-based playwright and actor, as well as a co-founder and Artistic Director of Avalanche Theatre. His plays have been read and performed with Bower Theatre Ensemble, Three Brothers Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, The Plagiarists, Three Cat Productions, and 5th Wall Productions. He is a proud member of the 2018-2020 Playwright Residency with Three Brothers Theatre. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University.

Plays

  • Arabia, Arabia! (or; How to be Forgotten)
    FULL LENGTH: 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...
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • Generation Red
    FULL LENGTH: Erica, Alan, Denver, and Trish are the first four people to be born on Mars. They are waiting to find out if they've passed "The Test," which would allow them to go outside for the first time in their lives. To pass the time, they play a game creating scenes that imagine what life on Earth would be like. As control of the game jumps from person to person, questions are raised about...
    FULL LENGTH: Erica, Alan, Denver, and Trish are the first four people to be born on Mars. They are waiting to find out if they've passed "The Test," which would allow them to go outside for the first time in their lives. To pass the time, they play a game creating scenes that imagine what life on Earth would be like. As control of the game jumps from person to person, questions are raised about the truths and fictions in their own lives on Mars. Before long, it becomes apparent that the outside world isn't as simple as they've imagined.
  • The Creators
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • Frances Makes History
    FULL LENGTH: 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...
    FULL LENGTH: 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 sitting in the guidance counselor's office, dressed as a presidential assassin. Somehow she'll have to live up to everyone else's expectations, get her life back on track, and stay happy.
  • mixed up in sky
    Someone has suddenly found themselves to be invisible. Someone else is falling from the sky. Some people are watching. They are all trying to connect. They all need saving.

    An experimental poem-play about what it means to need saving, and what it means to be saved. The experiment: none of the dialogue is assigned to specific characters, so the director and actors are permitted to tell any story...
    Someone has suddenly found themselves to be invisible. Someone else is falling from the sky. Some people are watching. They are all trying to connect. They all need saving.

    An experimental poem-play about what it means to need saving, and what it means to be saved. The experiment: none of the dialogue is assigned to specific characters, so the director and actors are permitted to tell any story that the script suggests to them. The script deals with the ideas of invisibility, heroism, belief, friendship, mortality, communication, and letting go.

    This play may be performed with one actor, or one hundred actors, or anywhere in between.
  • Socks & Co.
    FULL LENGTH: 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,...
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • Frankenstein
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • Sunflowers
    FULL LENGTH: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin share 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.