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David Rush

David Rush

David Rush’s work been seen at Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights' Horizons, Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Odyssey Theater, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Abingdon Theater and others. His scripts have won a variety of awards, including several Chicago Jeffs, a Los Angeles Drama-Logue award for Excellence in Writing, several Illinois Arts Council grants and several national play contests including the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, the Fremont Center New Play Contest, the Firehouse Theater Prize, and was a runner-up for the Ojai Playwrights’ Conference. He is currently Head of Playwriting at Southern Illinois University and an Ensemble member of Chicago's Stage Left Theatre Company. His textbook, A Student Guide to Play Analysis has been adopted as a required text at schools and colleges around the country. He is represented by Robert A Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York City.

Ten Best-Loved Hymns

The play deals with elder abuse. Chris Franklin is taking care of his aged and failing father, living on his income in exchange for keeping him out of the old people’s home. His Dad, Herb, takes too long to die, so Chris arranges a complicated series of events to arrange an ‘accidental suicide.’ Along the way, he interfaces with a neighbor, a series of doctors, his own friends ‐‐‐ and nobody gets it. The play puts into the spotlight a series social issue just now emerging into public awareness.