Benjamin Benne is an MFA Playwriting candidate at the Yale School of Drama and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency. He is the American Blues Theater's 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner (Alma), a 2019 KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award recipient (In His Hands; or the gay christian play), a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner (q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits), and a Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer (2017-18 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, 2016-17 Many Voices Fellowship). His plays have been produced/developed by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series, The Lark's Playwrights' Week, Roundabout Theatre Company, Two River Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Pasadena, Pillsbury House Theatre, Teatro Milagro, A Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Battery, Annex Theatre, Forward Flux, Umbrella Project, and Parley, among others. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for The Playwrights' Center's Jerome Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, SPACE on Ryder Farm's Working Farm, Ingram New Works Lab, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays, as well as runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Most recently, Benjamin's work was featured on Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix and 50 Playwrights Project's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays 2018 & 2019 lists.
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What's a boy to do when his favorite fruit is banana in a world that says he's gotta love mangoes? "q u e r e n c i a" (a Spanish word having to do with the longing to find or return to a place that feels like home) is a magical coming-of-age story about a young boy named Milo’s search for belonging as he grapples with friends, family, and his sexual identity, guided by a mysterious character called La Bruja.
Marina is being haunted. Every night, she dreams about drowning. Every week, she makes catfish soup. But when this ritual meal is disrupted by the disappearance of her fishmonger, she can no longer swim in the routine circle of her solitary life. She embarks on a surreal quest--all the way down to the ocean floor--to confront the ghost that is holding her captive.
Nearly 18 years ago, Alma crossed the border between Mexico and the United States pregnant with a child and great dreams for the life ahead of them. Now it’s December 2, 2016, Alma has been studying for her citizenship test while her daughter, Angel, studies for her SATs. But on the eve before Angel’s test, Alma comes home early to discover that Angel isn’t at home studying. A real-time, two-hander about an undocumented parent and their U.S. citizen child's differing visions of the "American Dream."
The Old Globe presents its newest show, Alma by Benjamin Benne, in the New Voices in the Community series: free public performances at libraries across San Diego County, followed by conversations with the playwrights and experts in the community.
Benjamin Benne is the winner of the 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Alma (or #nowall) (developed at PWC during Ben's McKnight fellowship) was selected from a pool of 752 submissions: https://bit.ly/2UjkDrX
Benjamin Benne's new play "#NoWall" will be presented as part of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's 2017/18 season. "#NoWall" will be performed July 6-7. More information available at https://www.theoneill.org/npc18
Benjamin Benne's q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits has been selected as a 2017 National Playwriting Conference Finalist! See the link for more information: q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits
Benjamin Benne's at the very bottom of a body of water was selected as a finalist for the Austin Playhouse's 2017 New Play Festival. See the link for more details: https://www.austinplayhouse.com/new-play-festival