q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits

Selection, The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series
Winner, Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award
Winner, The Playwrights' Center's McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting
Winner, The Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Fellowship
Finalist, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference

What's a boy to do...
Selection, The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series
Winner, Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award
Winner, The Playwrights' Center's McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting
Winner, The Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Fellowship
Finalist, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference

What's a boy to do when his favorite fruit is banana in a world that says he's gotta love mangoes? "querencia" (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.
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q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    14 Aug. 2019
    A beautiful, hilarious, and gentle coming of age play. The intimacy so deftly depicted here is often incredibly hard to capture onstage, and this piece succeeds both as a highly theatrical read while also being one that explores some really nuanced and multi-dimensional characters. Milo is one of the most human and vividly realized protagonists I've had the privilege of getting to know, and it was also a delight feeling seen as a reader by his story. What a gift of a play that I hope to see a production of soon.
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support Q U E R E N C I A: AN IMAGINED AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT FORBIDDEN FRUITS.
  • Damian Stuchko:
    14 Jun. 2018
    Probably one of the best unproduced play that I've read in a long time. Its incredibly magical and melancholy, in the same vein of Sarah Ruhl. Not only is it a delight to read, but to hear the language that Benne spins is truly transcendent. It's perfectly well paced. Its great for a midsized space with an inventive director to bring the magic to life.

Development History

Awards

Selection
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The Mix
,
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
,
2018
Selection
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Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays
,
50 Playwrights Project
,
2018
Finalist
,
Jerome Fellowship
,
The Playwrights' Center
,
2018
Finalist
,
Carnaval
,
HowlRound Theatre Commons / Latinx Theatre Commons
,
2018
Winner
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Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award
,
2017
Winner
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McKnight Fellowship In Playwriting
,
The Playwrights' Center
,
2017
Runner Up
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National Latino Playwriting Award
,
Arizona Theatre Company
,
2017
Finalist
,
Ingram New Works Lab
,
Nashville Repertory Theatre
,
2017
Winner
,
Many Voices Fellowship
,
The Playwrights' Center
,
2016
Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
,
2016