Chad Beckim

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 4m

"A compassionate portrait of a man struggling with the challenges of socializing . . . and the anger he still feels for having his youth unjustly destroyed. " - The New York Times
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 4m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
When a wrongfully imprisoned man is exonerated by DNA evidence after seventeen years in prison, he is forced to re-assimilate into a cold, foreign world of toothbrush shopping, doggy day care, and a friendship with an anxious young woman with secrets of her own.
After. was first produced by Partial Comfort Productions at The Wild Project in New York, New York in September 2011.  The performance was directed by Stephen Brackett.


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Intense Adult Themes
  • Strong Language

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Present Day New York City.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
MONTY - mid-30s; Latino.
LIZ - mid-30s; Latina; Monty's sister.
CHAP - 40s-50s; any ethnicity.
WARREN - 30s; Indian.
SUSIE - early 30s; Asian.
EDDIE - mid-to-late 30s; any ethnicity.
Casting Notes

Adherence to Monty and Liz as Latinos is strongly encouraged; while color blind casting is always encouraged, it's a different piece if you stray from this specific casting.


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)




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"A compassionate portrait of a man struggling with the challenges of socializing . . . and the anger he still feels for having his youth unjustly destroyed. " - The New York Times

"Carefully, and with human detail, explores just how important our formative years are to us. And shows us just how scary the world might look if we they were taken from us with force" - New York Theatre Review

"Human-scale social drama, approached quietly, one foot in front of the other, with compassion and courage" - Vulture, the culture blog of New York Magazine

After. is a keenly observed portrait of not only of adjusting to a changed world but of reconciling anger with the imperative of moving on with life... Takes you on a moving journey that sets you off thinking, in this state of all states, the permanence of the damage done the wrongfully convicted!” - Chicago Tribune

“Highly Recommended!... A moving, thoughtful, strongly acted, 90-minute drama.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Chad Beckham’s play After. is a well researched, fascinating, carefully crafted piece of theater and he masterfully weaves in and out of this emotional pathos as we are introduced to characters that test Monty’s resolve.” - Showbiz Chicago

"This concentrated drama nails the plight of an exonerated prisoner now facing his fears of freedom. Rich with telling details... An appropriately fragmented look at Monty’s return from nearly two decades of wrongful imprisonment.” - Chicago Theatre Beat

After. is a thought-provoking tale about being cheated out of half of a lifetime. The plot is compelling and the characters are quirky. Chad Beckim provides multiple ramifications of false imprisonment... Transfixing!” - Chicago Now

After., a hauntingly powerful work by Chad Beckim, is a subtle yet moving drama filled with unique characters struggling with personal quirks. The 90 minute drama is a haunting look at the devastating effects of imprisonment . Monty’s struggle to put things behind him and move on in life are emotionally rendered in this well-acted and finely written work!" - ChicagoCritic.com

"In this well written play, each character finds themselves changing and adjusting to the world they live in, or rather, the world they should be living in.” - Around the Town Chicago



Chad Beckim

Chad Beckim is a New York City based playwright whose writing credits include …a matter of choice, `nami (which received its West Coast premiere at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in October, 2007), Lights Rise on Grace (Winner, Outstanding Play, 2007 NY Inti’l. Fringe ...

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