Benjamin Benne is a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights’ Center, and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. His plays include a mortality-themed trilogy: Terra Incognita, At the Very Bottom of a Body of Water, and What\Washed Ashore/Astray. His work has been produced and/or developed with The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week (NY), Two River Theater (NJ), Pillsbury House Theatre (MN), Annex Theatre (WA), Forward Flux Productions (WA), Parley (WA), Umbrella Project (WA), and Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA), among others. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New American Plays, as well as the runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semi-finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. He is a queer Jewtino of Guatemalan heritage, who was born and raised in Los Angeles County but currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Querencia | Performed on September 29th, 2017
SYNOPSIS: Milo’s favorite fruit are bananas; also, he just turned 13 and is grappling with his sexual identity. If that weren’t complicated enough, his estranged aunt has just been released from jail and the gym class bully has picked him as the new target. Having never left his neighborhood in L.A., he dreams about what it would be like to escape–but in the meantime, at least he has his neighbor Zoe, who has sworn to be his BFF with a drop of blood. And, in their world, blood is supposed to be the strongest bond.