France-Luce Benson

France-Luce Benson

France-Luce Benson’s plays have been produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre, The Billy Holiday Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, and Duke University, among others. Awards and honors include: NEA Grant recipient 2017, Dramatists Guild Fellow 2015-2016, Winner of the 41st annual Samuel French...
France-Luce Benson’s plays have been produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre, The Billy Holiday Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, and Duke University, among others. Awards and honors include: NEA Grant recipient 2017, Dramatists Guild Fellow 2015-2016, Winner of the 41st annual Samuel French OOB Festival 2016, winner of the National New Play Network Award for Short Playwriting 2014, Playwright Observer Fellow at the Eugene O’Neil NPC 2016, The Kilroys List- Honorable Mention (Boat People); Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission (The Devil’s Salt); Ensemble Studio Theatre New Play Commission , Djerassi Resident Artists Program Fellowship recipient 2017, Alfred P. Sloan ScreenplayAward (Healing Roots); and Princess Grace Award Runner Up. She earned her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, is an Associate Professor at St. Johns University, and a Member Playwright at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Plays

  • The Devil's Salt
    Commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Devil’s Salt is inspired by the early career of journalist/activist/Agronomist, Jean Dominique. Set in 1960s Haiti, during the rise of the Duvalier dictatorship, The Devil’s Salt examines the combative relationships between science and bureaucracy, and is a cautionary tale about the dangers we face when politicians refuse to fund scientific research aimed at...
    Commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Devil’s Salt is inspired by the early career of journalist/activist/Agronomist, Jean Dominique. Set in 1960s Haiti, during the rise of the Duvalier dictatorship, The Devil’s Salt examines the combative relationships between science and bureaucracy, and is a cautionary tale about the dangers we face when politicians refuse to fund scientific research aimed at social consciousness and the preservation of natural resources.
    At the rise of Duvalier's brutal dictatorship, two agronomists set out to preserve Haiti's natural resources, and inadvertently instigate an uprising of the oppressed peasant class.
  • Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution
    Deux Femmes on the Edge of a Revolution is a full length play about the Haitian Revolution, from the perspective of two women. The titular characters, while seeming to be polar opposites – one black and enslaved – the other white and part of the French bourgeoisie-have both been taken from their homelands, dropped into an exotic and dangerous new world, and following an unspeakable act, are bound together for...
    Deux Femmes on the Edge of a Revolution is a full length play about the Haitian Revolution, from the perspective of two women. The titular characters, while seeming to be polar opposites – one black and enslaved – the other white and part of the French bourgeoisie-have both been taken from their homelands, dropped into an exotic and dangerous new world, and following an unspeakable act, are bound together for generations to come. When the uprising begins, Cécile, an enslaved healer of African nobility, and Valentine, a French woman sold into marriage to a plantation master, find themselves on the battle fields of San Domingue. A love triangle develops when they find themselves involved with the brave, yet broken, enslaved warrior – Bertrand. In this violent, yet highly sensual island, they all must fight to preserve their pasts, protect their futures, and ultimately gain freedom.
  • Fati's Last Dance
    Fati's Last Dance is a laugh out loud, quirky comedy that explores grief, body image, cultural identity, and forgiveness. The eldest daughter of two professional dance icons, Fatima has the talent to continue her family’s legacy. But after her father’s untimely death, she gives up dancing completely. Depressed, Fatima’s life revolves around watching television and binging on junk food. Then, her mother...
    Fati's Last Dance is a laugh out loud, quirky comedy that explores grief, body image, cultural identity, and forgiveness. The eldest daughter of two professional dance icons, Fatima has the talent to continue her family’s legacy. But after her father’s untimely death, she gives up dancing completely. Depressed, Fatima’s life revolves around watching television and binging on junk food. Then, her mother announces that Fatima’s father will be posthumously honored with a prestigious award. The celebration at Carnegie Hall will include a tribute dance, and a documentary produced by Spike Lee. But when her mother asks Fatima’s sister, Roni, to perform, Fatima is outraged. Fatima is determined to perform the tribute herself. Haunted by mysterious messages from her father’s ghost, and desperate to prove herself, Fatima falls prey to a popular infomercial Guru. The disastrous effects serve as the catalyst for the family to confront their grief, and heal old wounds.
  • The Talk
    The Talk is a comedy about a recently widowed, middle aged woman who awakens her estranged daughter in the middle of the night to ask a wildly inappropriate question. But what begins as a contentious confrontation between mother and daughter - transcends into an honest and open dialogue about intimacy and identity between two women.
  • Boat People
    In Miami, Fl circa 1985, a young girl "passing" is forced to confront her true cultural identity, and a Haitian-American family risks losing their American Dream to protect an activist whose music has started a revolution. Mitsy Mason, 15, has just been initiated into the CCHG, a girl gang notorious for hate crimes against the Haitian community, while her uncle, Hugo Juste is forced into exile after...
    In Miami, Fl circa 1985, a young girl "passing" is forced to confront her true cultural identity, and a Haitian-American family risks losing their American Dream to protect an activist whose music has started a revolution. Mitsy Mason, 15, has just been initiated into the CCHG, a girl gang notorious for hate crimes against the Haitian community, while her uncle, Hugo Juste is forced into exile after several assassination attempts by the Duvalier regime. As their worlds collide, family secrets are uncovered and only the truth will save this family from ruin.