Erica Bennett

Erica Bennett

Produced plays include Bender, and Love, Divine, produced by the OC-Centric New Play Festival, and New Voices of Orange County, respectively. Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA), Truman State, White Horse Theater Company, and the Fullerton College Playwright’s Festival have staged readings of her work. A Waffle Doesn't Cure Insomnia was selected for publication in the Best American Short Plays 2011-...
Produced plays include Bender, and Love, Divine, produced by the OC-Centric New Play Festival, and New Voices of Orange County, respectively. Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA), Truman State, White Horse Theater Company, and the Fullerton College Playwright’s Festival have staged readings of her work. A Waffle Doesn't Cure Insomnia was selected for publication in the Best American Short Plays 2011-2012, and her monologue March was published by Protest Plays Project in 2018. Bennett received a B.A. in Theater from CSUF, and holds a Master of Library & Information Science with an emphasis in Archival Studies from UCLA. She is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild, and a member of OCPA.

Plays

  • THE GIFT
    Richard confronts his values, his mother-in-law, and God deciding whether or not to take his vegan wife Janie off life support after she chokes on a piece of zucchini, and is declared brain-dead.
  • LOVE, DIVINE
    A Christmas play written in stanzas of 4/3/5/2 non-rhyming meters, and intended to be spoken as conversational verse, provides another take on the nativity scene from the perspectives of the "pots" of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
  • APPLES AND TANGERINES
    When nine-year-old Jax enters fourth grade in a new school mid-year after her father is killed in Afghanistan, and her mother takes a job teaching English to girls and women in Bangladesh, her teacher assigns her a special social science research project for extra credit points. Jax, guided by her grandmother and the school librarian, learns that skin color is a complicated issue.
  • A MAD NOTION (a monologue)
    Irene Mayer Selznick, daughter of Louis B. Mayer, and wife of David O. Selznick, leaves Hollywood behind, pulled toward the bright lights of Broadway. In New York, she produces Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire to critical and popular acclaim.
  • MARCH (a monologue)
    Forty-nine-year-old March confronts current events, and raises a call to action.
  • LIGHT (a monologue)
    In the pitch black before dawn, can she find the key to her bloodied heart?
  • A Waffle Doesn't Cure Insomnia (a 10-minute play)
    Heyzeus meets up with his gal pal Mou-Mou on disco night. Published in the Best American Short Plays 2011-2012.