by  Nsangou Njikam

Monologues, Drama  /  1m

A part of the collection Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

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by  Nsangou Njikam

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    10 minutes
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    • Adult

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in Nsangou Njikam's monologue, the character Amen is writing a letter to a potential son or daughter that he hasn't had or even conceived yet. In telling them lessons about life, his lessons veer toward the dangers of living as a black person in this country, which spawns his letter in stating why he won't be bringing any children into this world.

A part of the collection Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

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“[A] stirring and often raw compilation. – Broad Street ReviewRead More

“These short monologues chronicle each author's encounters with the daily indecencies of racial profiling, stop-and-frisk, harassment, and casual racism inflicted by police, media, and society in general…each author delivers a brutally honest telling of their own experience.” – Philly.com, Read More 

Hands Up: 7 Playwrights; 7 Testaments makes the idea of "conversation" more than a hopeful shibboleth. With community involvement baked in, it responds directly to the world.” – Indy WeekRead More


  • Hands Up at the National Black Theatre
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  • Reader's Theatre
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  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 10 minutes


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Nsangou Njikam

NSangou Njikam is an actor and playwright originally from Baltimore, MD. He is the author of Syncing Ink, Re:Definition, I.D., When We Left, Search For The Crystal Stairs, and one of the authors of “Hands Up: 6 Plays, 6 Testimonials.” His work has been developed by The Public Theater, Penn State University, The Flea ...

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Hands Up received its world premiere at Flashpoint Theatre Company at the University of the Arts on June 13, 2015, directed by Joanna Settle.

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