Benjamin Benne

Benjamin Benne

Benjamin Benne (he/him) is a 2nd year MFA Playwriting Candidate at the Yale School of Drama and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency. He is Arizona Theatre Company's 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), American Blues Theater's 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), a 2019 Kennedy Center/KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award recipient (IN HIS HANDS; OR THE GAY CHRISTIAN PLAY), a...
Benjamin Benne (he/him) is a 2nd year MFA Playwriting Candidate at the Yale School of Drama and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency. He is Arizona Theatre Company's 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), American Blues Theater's 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner (ALMA), a 2019 Kennedy Center/KCACTF 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), Roundabout Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Pasadena, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Teatro Milagro, A Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Battery, Annex Theatre, Forward Flux, Umbrella Project, and Parley, among others. Additionally, 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, Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays, and he's been a P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist. 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.

Plays

  • In His Hands; or the gay christian play
    Winner, Kennedy Center KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award

    This is a list of things Christian believes in: logic, banana Laffy Taffy, video games, and Daniel. This is a list of things Christian doesn't believe in: caffeine, alcohol, monogamy, and God. Daniel, a Mario Kart wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new...
    Winner, Kennedy Center KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award

    This is a list of things Christian believes in: logic, banana Laffy Taffy, video games, and Daniel. This is a list of things Christian doesn't believe in: caffeine, alcohol, monogamy, and God. Daniel, a Mario Kart wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian's past threaten to overpower the connection they share -- with one another, and something bigger than themselves. [synopsis by dramaturg Sarah Lunnie]
  • Alma (f.k.a. #nowall)
    Selection, Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Colorado New Play Summit
    Selection, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference
    Winner, Arizona Theatre Company's National Latinx Playwriting Award
    Winner, American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Playwriting Award
    Selection, 50 PP's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

    Working...
    Selection, Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Colorado New Play Summit
    Selection, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference
    Winner, Arizona Theatre Company's National Latinx Playwriting Award
    Winner, American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Playwriting Award
    Selection, 50 PP's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

    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]
  • at the very bottom of a body of water
    Selection, The Lark's Playwrights' Week
    Selection, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix

    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...
    Selection, The Lark's Playwrights' Week
    Selection, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix

    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.
  • What \\Washed Ashore //Astray
    Twin sisters, Cat and Chris, are reunited in their beloved family cabin on the Pacific Northwest shoreline. But everything has aged: the cottage, their bodies. Then, dead things wash ashore, conch shells become uninhabited, ice caves melt, the water surrounding the cabin comes up higher and higher...and one of them will die within the year.
  • 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.