Benjamin Benne

Benjamin Benne

Benjamin Benne is the American Blues Theater's 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), a 2019 Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award recipient (IN HIS HANDS; OR THE GAY CHRISTIAN PLAY), a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner (QUERENCIA: AN IMAGINED AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT FORBIDDEN FRUITS), and a Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer (2017-18 McKnight Fellowship in...
Benjamin Benne is the American Blues Theater's 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), a 2019 Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award recipient (IN HIS HANDS; OR THE GAY CHRISTIAN PLAY), a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner (QUERENCIA: AN IMAGINED AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT FORBIDDEN FRUITS), and a Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer (2017-18 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, 2016-17 Many Voices Fellowship). His plays have been produced/developed by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference (2018), The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series (2017-18), The Lark's Playwrights' Week (2016), Two River Theater, Pillsbury House Theatre, Teatro Milagro, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Battery, Annex Theatre, Forward Flux, Umbrella Project, and Parley, among others. His plays have been finalists for The Playwrights' Center's Jerome Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, SPACE on Ryder Farm's Working Farm, Ingram New Works Lab, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays, as well as runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Most recently, Benjamin's work was featured on Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix and 50 Playwrights Project's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays 2018 & 2019 lists. He is a first-year MFA Playwriting candidate at the Yale School of Drama.

Plays

  • In His Hands; or the gay christian play
    a play in search of the confluence of the sexual and spiritual: two men meet. they are immediately attracted to each other. they touch. they kiss. they have sex. but their relationship gets complicated when a third member is revealed: Jesus.
  • What \\Washed Ashore //Astray
    Twin sisters, Cat and Chris, are reunited in a cabin on the Pacific Northwest shoreline. Everything has aged. The cottage. Their bodies. Dead things wash ashore. Ice caves melt. Conch shells become uninhabited. And one of them will die within the year.
  • Alma (f.k.a. #nowall)
    Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma...
    Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together? [synopsis by dramaturg Catherine Rodriguez]
  • q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits
    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.
  • at the very bottom of a body of water
    Marina is being haunted. Every night, she dreams about drowning. Every week, she makes catfish soup. But when this ritual meal is disrupted by the disappearance of her fishmonger, she can no longer swim in the routine circle of her solitary life. She embarks on a surreal quest--all the way down to the darkest place she can imagine--to confront the ghost that is holding her captive...or rather, the ghost that she's been holding captive.