E.H. Benedict

E.H. Benedict

E. H. BENEDICT’s short play, “Orhan,” was included in the 2012 ReOrient Festival at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. She is an actor, novelist, and, for the past ten years, playwright. She is a founding member of Actors & Writers, a reader’s theatre near Woodstock, New York, where many of her short plays were read. She moved from New York to Northern California in 1995. In 2005 her play “Jesus in...
E. H. BENEDICT’s short play, “Orhan,” was included in the 2012 ReOrient Festival at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. She is an actor, novelist, and, for the past ten years, playwright. She is a founding member of Actors & Writers, a reader’s theatre near Woodstock, New York, where many of her short plays were read. She moved from New York to Northern California in 1995. In 2005 her play “Jesus in Las Vegas” was included in the Bash! Event at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. In 2006 “Jesus in Las Vegas” was included in the Z Magic Monday series of New Work at the Magic. Another play, “American Royals,” was selected as a semifinalist for the 2008 O’Neill Conference, the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s New American Playwrights Project, and Pacific Rep’s Hyperion New Plays Competition. In 2009 “American Royals” received a round-table read at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. In 2010 “Jesus in Las Vegas” was also read at the Lark. In 2013 she was again a semifinalist for the O’Neill with her play “Rashomon in Kansas.” She has been selected to be part of this years’ ATLAS Playwrights, a professional program run by Theatre Bay Area. Her short play “Gloria Steinem & Lotte Lenya & Scout Are Waiting” was recently performed at WCPA in Westcliffe, CO, where it won ‘Best in Festival.’ “American Jihad – A Rashomon in Kansas” was read twice at Z Space in 2014 and 2015. She is a Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award grantee for 2016.

Plays

  • GLORIA STEINHEM & LOTTE LENYA & SCOUT ARE WAITING
    Three dogs are waiting in a shelter (NOT a no kill shelter), hoping to be adopted. The least likely one gets her wish.
  • AMERICAN ROYALS
    The play begins in the 1830s with a young couple, fresh off the boat (in this case from England) and seeking to make a fortune in the brand new and unsettled America. Olivia,
    the young wife, is pregnant and suffering from cholera; she and her baby will die. Her husband, Franklin, will go on to remarry, father sons, and found a company (Purity Soap being their signature product), which will become a...
    The play begins in the 1830s with a young couple, fresh off the boat (in this case from England) and seeking to make a fortune in the brand new and unsettled America. Olivia,
    the young wife, is pregnant and suffering from cholera; she and her baby will die. Her husband, Franklin, will go on to remarry, father sons, and found a company (Purity Soap being their signature product), which will become a major international corporation. The dead wife becomes our narrator and guide through the play to the multi-generational American saga that unfolds. She will interact with another young wife, Julia, in the following century -- the bride of the great- great- grandson of the founder of the company, also called Franklin.

    The majority of the plot is set in the 1930s and 40s and concerns Franklin and Julia, their daughter, Libby, and her nanny. The play ends in the 21st century with the last of the Franklins
  • PARTY AT THE GARDEN OF ALLAH OR LESBIANS IN PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD
    It is the summer of 1934 in Hollywood. Things are not going well – not for the Industry worrying about new rumors of actually enforcing the Hayes code and not for Becky Glutzman and her girl friend. A costume party is planned. Many are invited. No one shows up but an aging silent movie star and two young seamstresses. Tempers flare and one thing leads to another. A gun is fired; a body falls to a chaise....
    It is the summer of 1934 in Hollywood. Things are not going well – not for the Industry worrying about new rumors of actually enforcing the Hayes code and not for Becky Glutzman and her girl friend. A costume party is planned. Many are invited. No one shows up but an aging silent movie star and two young seamstresses. Tempers flare and one thing leads to another. A gun is fired; a body falls to a chaise.
    Who is responsible and how best to handle the situation? Blackmail seems like a good idea. And it
    almost works.
  • Jesus in Las Vegas
    An Iraqi vet, off her meds, kidnaps a Jesus impersonator and takes him into the desert.
    Things do not go well.
  • American Jihad- A Rashomon in Kansas
    We are in Kansas. A clinic is bombed. A young girl is killed. The events are retold from three different points of view: The girl's, her father, and a bi-sexual Christian Pop Rock performer. An orange jumpsuit clad man serves as our narrator of sorts.