Ben Jolivet

Ben Jolivet

Ben is a writer, dramaturg, and teaching artist, known for darkly funny stories about good people doing bad things, and modern riffs on classic tales. Plays include Tig (from Antigone) and Get Rough With Me. Lizzie Borden is a Bitch was developed and premiered by Culture*Park (MA) and presented at the Seacoast Fringe Fest (NH). Fragile Thing Cracks was developed in readings at Argos Productions (MA), as well at...
Ben is a writer, dramaturg, and teaching artist, known for darkly funny stories about good people doing bad things, and modern riffs on classic tales. Plays include Tig (from Antigone) and Get Rough With Me. Lizzie Borden is a Bitch was developed and premiered by Culture*Park (MA) and presented at the Seacoast Fringe Fest (NH). Fragile Thing Cracks was developed in readings at Argos Productions (MA), as well at Panndora Productions (CA), who presented the world premiere in April of 2014. Acadiana Rep commissioned and produced Carol: A Broken Chain, and produced the regional premiere of Fragile Thing Cracks and a developmental production of Medea of the Big Box Store; the Delta Grand Theatre commissioned and debuted Something-Summer Might-Have-Been. Communion and Cain + Abel were both developed by The Wilbury Group; Haunted was a finalist for Sanguine Theatre’s Project Playwright (NYC), and was developed there in a workshop this spring. His one-act plays have appeared at Little Fish Theatre (CA), the Boston Theatre Marathon (MA), and elsewhere. The Resurrectionists won the judges’ award for best script at the 2014 Silver Spring Stage Company’s one act play festival (MD). Ben earned a B.A. in Writing from SNHU and studied at the 2012 Stony Brook Playwrights Conference. He is a two-time semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference, winner of a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Dramatic Writing Fellowship, a company writer at Acadiana Rep, and playwright-in-residence at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.

Plays

  • COLD
    With their young daughter in surgery, Ellie and Jane play a playful and painful waiting game, with the future of child and their relationship at stake. As the timer ticks, they face questions of science, faith, and their weirdest pet peeves. A socially awkward nurse could help them beat the odds, but Jane's faith in an experimental treatment , and the realization that nobody wins this in this game, could leave them all out in the cold.
  • Community Garden
    Winner of the 2018 David L. Shelton Playwright Award.
    As Bernie and Hillary duked it out on the national stage, Claire got to work building the
    community garden she knew would transform her neighborhood and her life. Instead,
    political discord grew like weeds and strangled the gardeners. Months after the election,
    Claire recalls her story to a writer who also hopes to transform a...
    Winner of the 2018 David L. Shelton Playwright Award.
    As Bernie and Hillary duked it out on the national stage, Claire got to work building the
    community garden she knew would transform her neighborhood and her life. Instead,
    political discord grew like weeds and strangled the gardeners. Months after the election,
    Claire recalls her story to a writer who also hopes to transform a community for the better.
    But as this nice, white lady reveals what really went on amid beds of organic produce, the
    idealistic writer draws closer and closer to becoming the garden’s latest victim.
  • Cain + Abel
    A contemporary take on a classic myth. In the shadow of the deserted garden, two brothers wrestle with faith and desire in the face of uncertainty and fear; two women struggle to find a place beyond the grossest instincts of men; and a lonely traveller grapples with his creation. Fighting their way into the unknown will demand everything from them and result in the ultimate sacrifice. Cain + Abel is a modern...
    A contemporary take on a classic myth. In the shadow of the deserted garden, two brothers wrestle with faith and desire in the face of uncertainty and fear; two women struggle to find a place beyond the grossest instincts of men; and a lonely traveller grapples with his creation. Fighting their way into the unknown will demand everything from them and result in the ultimate sacrifice. Cain + Abel is a modern myth about faith, family, sex, and sacrifice. In the beginning, nothing became something--and it was all downhill from there.
  • Communion
    When John Coin is arrested for plotting to kill and cannibalize women, the lives of three lifelong friends are thrown into tailspins. Carla must defend him in court, while her marriage dissolves; Jennifer must speak about against Carla's choice to defend such a man, without shattering their fractured friendship; and Amy finds herself drawn to John, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. As long-held...
    When John Coin is arrested for plotting to kill and cannibalize women, the lives of three lifelong friends are thrown into tailspins. Carla must defend him in court, while her marriage dissolves; Jennifer must speak about against Carla's choice to defend such a man, without shattering their fractured friendship; and Amy finds herself drawn to John, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. As long-held resentments and cravings collide, everything breaks down—and one of the women will come face-to-face with the man who set them all down this broken path.
  • Something-Summer, Might-Have-Been
    Avril is furious when Summer backs out of their annual trip to the lake—until she discovers that a mysterious Something has taken her Summer away. With the help of their friend Los and a flock of nameless kids known as Might-Have-Beens, Avril goes in search of Summer. Along the way, she comes face-to-face with underworld lairs, strange tests, the end of everything, and the discovery that nothing (not even the...
    Avril is furious when Summer backs out of their annual trip to the lake—until she discovers that a mysterious Something has taken her Summer away. With the help of their friend Los and a flock of nameless kids known as Might-Have-Beens, Avril goes in search of Summer. Along the way, she comes face-to-face with underworld lairs, strange tests, the end of everything, and the discovery that nothing (not even the end) is all one thing. But can Avril save Summer before the Something turns them all into Nothing? It may take everything Avril has—and more—to win.
  • Fragile Thing Cracks
    Leo FINALLY found his soulmate...lying dead in bed beside him. Forced to grieve a man he loved but hardly knew, Leo smacks into faltering sanity, tempestuous in-laws, bossy friends, and the ever-waivering line between the living and the dead. FRAGILE THING CRACKS is a dark comedy about needing to be loved and not knowing how to be. "A comedy that's far out of left field...a new, outrageous, 'I-...
    Leo FINALLY found his soulmate...lying dead in bed beside him. Forced to grieve a man he loved but hardly knew, Leo smacks into faltering sanity, tempestuous in-laws, bossy friends, and the ever-waivering line between the living and the dead. FRAGILE THING CRACKS is a dark comedy about needing to be loved and not knowing how to be. "A comedy that's far out of left field...a new, outrageous, 'I-can’t-believe- what-I’m-seeing' work that will have you laughing from start to finish." -- Gazetts.com
  • A Fine Romance
    Boy meets girl; writer meets reader.
    It's all down hill from here.
  • Why Don't We All Just Play Salad Bowl?
    A party game goes awry. Can a worn, old friendship survive it?
  • The Resurrectionists
    (Winner of the 2014 Silver Spring Stage Company award for best Script)

    Two losers concoct a plan to escape their boring lives, their dead-end jobs, and their crappy hometown. And when that fails, something exciting emerges.
  • Medea of the Big Box Store: A workplace tragedy (A comedy)
    After years of toiling in the cluttered aisles of Magic Mart, Dee gets her big break: a gig at the Bull's Eye National flagship store and a romance with Jason, the nerdy new manager. But when the ruthless owner/CEO uses Jason as a ploy to stop his beautiful daughter from escaping into a world of minimum wage madness, Dee vows revenge. Now she and her friends must do whatever necessary to teach him a lesson...
    After years of toiling in the cluttered aisles of Magic Mart, Dee gets her big break: a gig at the Bull's Eye National flagship store and a romance with Jason, the nerdy new manager. But when the ruthless owner/CEO uses Jason as a ploy to stop his beautiful daughter from escaping into a world of minimum wage madness, Dee vows revenge. Now she and her friends must do whatever necessary to teach him a lesson--that is if her friends don't screw it up, and if they can survive her rage. Medea of the Big Box Store is a comic riff on a classic tragedy, dedicated to anyone who ever had a crappy job.
  • Haunted
    Once each month, a small group gathers to share the stories of the hauntings that wrecked their childhoods--and the aftershocks of those encounters that trouble them, still. This month, they welcome a new member to the fold. With her come powerful visions, flashbacks, and fires for each member of the group. But can the new girl and her exceptional haunting truly be the cause, or are their other forces at play?...
    Once each month, a small group gathers to share the stories of the hauntings that wrecked their childhoods--and the aftershocks of those encounters that trouble them, still. This month, they welcome a new member to the fold. With her come powerful visions, flashbacks, and fires for each member of the group. But can the new girl and her exceptional haunting truly be the cause, or are their other forces at play? In the days and weeks that follow, each of them will wrestle with their reality and what it means to be truly haunted. (Semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill NPC and finalist for Sanguine Theatre Company's Project Playwright.)