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World Premiere
By Eric Schmiedl
Based on the novel by Kent Haruf
Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2015
The Space Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: To come
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: Some adult themes and content

Hailed a “masterful look at the end of life” by The Denver Post, this adaptation of Kent Haruf’s best-selling novel transports us to the high plains of Colorado. The final chapter of Haruf’s remarkable trilogy, Benediction is a powerful drama about a community searching for meaningful connections despite separation, loneliness and the race against time.

Special thanks to the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for its continued support of new play development at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Producing Partners: John & Jeannie Fuller, Jim & Lori Steinberg

Contributing Partner: Katy Atkinson

Benediction is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award

Photos: Bittersweet opening for 'Benediction' rehearsals
The start of 'Benediction' rehearsals was bittersweet for cast and crew, coming so soon after the Nov. 29 death of novelist Kent Haruf. Read More
Theatre Thursdays
Theatre Thursdays
Feb 5 | 5:30pm
$50 | Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby
Your ticket to Benediction for Theatre Thursdays includes a refreshing cocktail, tasty bar bites, live music and the show.


Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Jan 30 | 6pm
Free • The Jones at Speer & Arapahoe
Get an exclusive insider’s perspective of Benediction when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company’s creative team.
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Feb 8 | 3:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion of Benediction led by members of our academic community.
Page to Stage Discussion
Page to Stage Discussion
Feb 10 | 12pm
Free Event | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Bring your lunch and join our DCPA actors, playwrights and directors for an in-depth discussion about the creation and development of their work, focusing on Benediction. Moderated by John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic.

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Theatre & Theology
Theatre & Theology
Feb 10 | 8:30pm
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine Benediction through a theological lens.
Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Feb 11 | 5:30pm
Free | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
The new Page to Stage Book Club lets you read the book, see the play, meet the cast and join the discussion! Register to receive discounts on the selected books or plays and the corresponding Theatre Company performances, plus enjoy a book discussion and other special events. Register at www.tatteredcover.com.
Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Feb 22 | 1:30pm
Free with admission
To buy tickets for any accessible performance, the appropriate code noted below. For optimal service, call the box office at 303.893.4100 or TTY 303.893.9582.

Sign Language promo code: ASL
Audio Description promo code: AUDIO

Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Feb 22 | 3:30pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from Benediction after the show.
View photos from opening rehearsal.
Check back soon for news of Benediction. Head over to our blog for news, reviews, photos and videos of other DCPA shows and events.
Kent Haruf
Kent Haruf, Author

Kent Haruf was born and raised in Colorado and began writing fiction while in the Peace Corps in Turkey and studied fiction writing at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. Four of his novels have been published: The Tie That Binds (1984), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award and winner of the Whiting Foundation Writers Award; Where You Once Belonged (1990), winner of the Maria Thomas Award in Fiction; Plainsong (1999), a national bestseller, finalist for the National Book Award, New Yorker Award, L.A. Times Fiction Award, and winner of the Mountain Plains Booksellers Award, the National Library Association Alex Award, the Midland Authors Award, was named Notable Book of the Year by New York Times, L.A. Times and became a movie on CBS; and Eventide (2004), his second national bestseller, a finalist for the Book Sense Award, and named Notable Book of the Year by a number of newspapers, including The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Kansas City Star and New York Daily News. Kent’s short fiction has been included in the Best American Short Stories anthology. Kent has three daughters, three step-daughters and two step-sons. He lives with his wife Cathy in the mountains near Salida.

Eric Schmiedl
Eric Schmiedl, Playwright
Eric Schmiedl is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Hawai’i. His plays for children and adult audiences have been produced by theatres including the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Cleveland Play House, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, New Stages Theatre, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Oregon Children’s Theatre, Karamu House, Great Lakes Theater Company, and BackStage Theatre in Chicago. He is currently working on two commissions for the Denver Center Theatre Company and a new original play with his wife, Nigerian storyteller Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl, developed through Playhouse Square’s innovative Launch program with the generous support of Cleveland Public Theatre. This fall Eric had the great pleasure of celebrating his love of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns with a remounting of The Kardiac Kid produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and presented at Playhouse Square. Eric is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellowship as well as an Aurand Harris Fellowship, two Edgerton Awards, and a Sloan Foundation Commission. Eric is a member of The Cleveland Play House’s Playwrights’ Unit and is on the faculty of the Low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
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