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
Selection, Steppenwolf Theatre...
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
Selection, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix
Selection, 50 PP's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

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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Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays
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50 Playwrights Project
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2018
Finalist
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Jerome Fellowship
,
The Playwrights' Center
,
2018
Finalist
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Carnaval
,
HowlRound Theatre Commons / Latinx Theatre Commons
,
2018
Selection
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The Mix
,
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
,
2018
Winner
,
Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award
,
2017
Winner
,
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
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,
2016