Benjamin Benne (he/him/his) is newly graduated from the David Geffen/Yale School of Drama MFA Playwriting program and a current member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. His plays--including Alma (Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre, ArtsWest, and American Blues Theater) and In His Hands (Mosaic Theater Company)--explore familiar, intimate relationships grounded in emotional realism but allow environment, time, and objects to invite elements of the surreal, absurd, and expressionistic into the fabric of their worlds. These works also center movement and sensory experiences of the human body to ask existential questions with wit and an imagistic dramaturgy. Ben's work has been developed and supported by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, The Public, Roundabout Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, Boston Court Pasadena, New Harmony Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theatre Battery, and Parley, among many others. He has been a recipient of Portland Stage’s Clauder Competition Gold Prize, Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latinx Playwriting Award, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award, Playwrights’ Center’s McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting and Many Voices Fellowship. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. www.benjaminbenne.com
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."
Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced the recipient of the 2021 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award and the 2022 Jay Harris Commission, as well as recipients of 2021 WTF Commissions through WTF's Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.
John J. Caswell, Jr. is the L. Arnold Weissberger Award recipient for his play Wet Brain. Caswell receives the $10,000 award as well as the $10,000 Jay Harris Commission to write a new play.
The finalists for the award included At The Very Bottom Of A Body Of Water by Benjamin Benne.
Ben Benne's play, IN HIS HANDS, premiered on Dec. 5th and 6th at the Langston Hughes Festival of New Films.
Alma by Benjamin Benne was selected for the 2020 Colorado New Play Summit at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company.
Benjamin Benne wins Arizona Theatre Company's National Latinx Playwriting Award for his play Alma (or #nowall)
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.