This adaptation of Kent Haruf’s novel is a powerful drama about three souls searching for meaningful connections despite separation, loneliness and the race against time on the high plains of Colorado.
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 three souls searching for meaningful connections despite separation, loneliness and the race against time.
Sponsored by Steinberg Charitable Trust
Producing Partners: John & Jeannie Fuller, Jim Steinberg & Lori Watson
Contributing Partner: Katy Atkinson
Benediction is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award
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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.