the N trilogy:
box., bag— and blood
Unpretentiously, writer/actor Dennis Elkins weaves the story of his hum-drum existence through escapades of hilarity and heartache in three one-man shows: box.
(bag-dash) and blood
(blood-line). In each show, Mr. Dennis plays out a different aspect of life’s adventures. box.
questions all the things we keep stored away in boxes and can’t throw away while bag—
focuses on the many places we’ll go to find the answers to pressing questions like “What am I supposed to be when I grow up (at 50)?” The third installment, blood
looks to all the individuals who’ve had an impact on our lives—friend or foe—and how you’re defined by those people. Together, the three shows form the definition to “What is a Noun?”—people, places and things—the N trilogy.
How many things can you make with a cardboard box? In box.
, Mr. Dennis takes on this challenge and more in this often poignant and always hysterical, journey through our infatuation with the corrugated cardboard box mapping out missed turns, blind alleys and dead-ends of one man’s struggle to traverse the toll-road to middle age . . . in a box.
Mr. Dennis romps through India seeking the mysteries of life and political correctness: a solo tour de force combining comedy, angst and social media. bag—
, showcases Elkins’ madcap race trying to accomplish three things: scatter his son’s ashes, grab a divine epiphany about life after 50 and see the Taj Mahal—against the backdrop of the 2016 elections.
Growing up Kansas, he was taught that if you work hard and obey God, you get rewarded with a happy home, a good job, a white picket fence, a dog, a cat and 2.3 children. How’s that working for you, Mr. Dennis? blood
is a musical “treasure hunt” intent on finding the culprit responsible for such a fable and will go into rehearsal Fall 2020.