WHITE: A NORTH DAKOTA STORY - Lenny

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PLAY DESCRIPTION

Bliss, ND is a tiny, forgotten town. Population: 16. Demographics: 93.7% white; 6.3% black. Country living can be harsh, but here, everyone’s family. Until a known white separatist leader comes to town, planning to get himself elected mayor and build himself the first American all-whites town–whether the townspeople like it or not. And boy, do they ever not. Based on a true story, WHITE explores family, fear, loneliness, and what it is to be white in rural America today.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: 2012                            

Situation: It's 2012. Lenny (aka Lena) is an Afghanistan war veteran who has recently returned to the US to live in a trailer with her father in North Dakota. She has struggled all her life to find a place where she belongs, though she hopes that this small town could be that place.

Subject Matter: War, Veterans, Loneliness, Identity, Gender, Belonging

Note from Playwright: This monologue is a meditation on identity and belonging that falls in the middle of a play in which a white supremacist leader invades a small North Dakota town. The play is an exploration on whiteness and the relationship between whiteness and white supremacy, as well as an exploration of rural midwestern culture. Lenny is the daughter of the white supremacist, and her relationship with these themes is complex.

Supplemental Information: For more information and to read the full play WHITE: A NORTH DAKOTA STORY, visit brandyncarie.com.

This play was developed at the HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat in 2018.

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    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Adult 20-30, Adult 30-40
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Bisexual, Female, Heterosexual
  • Character Ethnicity
    White
  • Genre
    Drama, Political Play
  • Period
    Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female
  • Writer Ethnicity
    White
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