Benjamin Benne
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting
Minneapolis, MN
Biography

Benjamin Benne is a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center, and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. His plays include a mortality-themed trilogy: Terra Incognita, at the very bottom of a body of water, and What \ Washed Ashore / Astray. His work has been produced and/or developed with The Lark's Playwrights' Week (NY), Two River Theater (NJ), the Playwrights' Center (MN), Pillsbury House Theatre (MN), Annex Theatre (WA), Forward Flux Productions (WA), Parley (WA), Umbrella Project (WA), and Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA), among others. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Award, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse's Festival of New American Plays, as well as the runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semi-finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Benjamin participated in a bake-off with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program, the 2013 NoPassport Playwriting Intensive with OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich, and the New York Theatre Intensives 2011 summer conservatory (in association with EST/NY). He was born and raised in Los Angeles County but currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

Plays

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.

Cast:
3W, 1M

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.

Cast:
4W, 1M

Successes

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

Benjamin Benne's play las mariposas Y los muertos to premiere during Forward Flux's 2017 season. See the link for more info: http://www.forwardflux.com/magazine/2017season/

"THE GREAT DIVIDE: PLAYS FOR A BROKEN NATION" by Pillsbury House Theatre includes a play by Benjamin Benne.

Benjamin Benne's play at the very bottom of a body of water selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Please see the link for more info: http://americanbluestheater.com/2017/01/17/2017-blue-ink-playwriting-awa...