Benjamin Benne is a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. He is a Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up, Princess Grace Award finalist, Ingram New Works Lab finalist, Blue Ink Playwriting Award semifinalist, and a P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New American Plays. His work has been produced by Annex Theatre (Terra Incognita, 2016), Forward Flux (las mariposas Y los muertos, 2017), and Pillsbury House Theatre (The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation, 2017), as well as developed by The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series, The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, Two River Theater's Crossing Borders Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season, A Contemporary Theatre's Construction Zone, Umbrella Project, Parley, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County, claims Seattle as home, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
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Milo's favorite fruit is banana; also, he just turned 13 and is grappling with his sexual identity. If that weren’t complicated enough, his estranged aunt has just been released from jail and the gym class bully has picked him as the new target. Having never left his neighborhood in L.A., he dreams about what it would be like to escape...but, at least, he has his neighbor Zoe, who has sworn to be his BFF with a drop of blood. And, in their world, blood is supposed to be the strongest bond.
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.
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
"THE GREAT DIVIDE: PLAYS FOR A BROKEN NATION" by Pillsbury House Theatre includes a play by Benjamin Benne.