Alma by Benjamin Benne
For Alma, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, and her 17-year-old daughter, Angel, a study session uncovers the dreams and despair over their future. As Alma quizzes Angel with vocabulary for the SATs, Angel tests Alma on American History for the citizenship exam. Feeling both an overwhelming excitement over the possibilities their tests can offer as well as the dread about the laws and loopholes stacked against them, they encourage each other to find hope in the uncertainty. But will the American Dream cost them a life together? Benjamin Benne’s touching family drama won the Arizona Theatre Company’s 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award and American Blues Theater’s 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
Benjamin Benne. Yale School of Drama MFA Playwriting Candidate, Representation: Paradigm. 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award winner, 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner, 2019 KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award winner, and Playwrights’ Center Affiliated Writer (Many Voices & McKnight Fellowships). His plays, including At the Very Bottom of a Body of Water, Querencia: An Imagined Autobiography About Forbidden Fruits, and In His Hands, have been developed by The O’Neill, The Lark, The Playwrights’ Realm, Roundabout, The Old Globe, Two River, Seattle Rep, Boston Court and Teatro Milagro, among others. www.benjaminbenne.com