Endurance tells the story of two very different brothers bound to each other by life and death in the 1970’s. When the eldest, Ray, a physically fit, three-letter athlete, is stricken with aplastic anemia, his younger, artistic and sensitive brother, Henry, must endure a five-hour painful procedure three times a week in order to keep Ray alive. Strong resentment builds between the two. In order to survive the ordeal Henry escapes through his imagination, becoming Sir Ernest Shackleton, his hero, on his heroic journey to the South Pole in 1914. The stories weave together as do the themes of sacrifice, heroism, love, loss and endurance.
Previous version of Endurance was a winner, True Voices New Plays Reading Series New York, and the Live Wire playwriting competition, Chicago.