Co-Presented by ACTLab & ese Teatro
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.
Written by Benjamin Benne
Directed by Pilar O'Connell
In honor of Hispanic heritage month, eSe Teatro has co-curated with ACT to bring to Seattle the breadth and depth of Latino theater from across the country and Latin America. eSe Teatro strives to provide professional opportunities to local Latino artists by offering unique stories that reflect our broad multicultural community. Curated by eSe Teatro with support from ACT's Artistic Director John Langs, each of these four plays have been selected from the body of work of leading contemporary Latino and Latin American playwrights that have been produced nationally and internationally. Performed and directed by local professional artists, each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion. Of the four staged readings, one of these new and exciting scripts from 2017 will come to life on the stage in the ACTLab and eSe Teatro's 2018 season.
Age Recommendation: 14+ due to language and subject matter of the plays.
Tickets start at $10 and may be purchased online at acttheatre.org, by phone at 206.292.7676, or at the ACT Ticket Office (Tues-Sun, 12-6pm). Available to ACTPass members for no additional charge. All performances will be performed in English. Post-show discussion is available after each performance.
About the Playwright: 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.