By Eric Schmiedl
Based the novel by Kent Haruf
Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2015
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 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.
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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