join us for a season exploring identity
A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle
February 16- March 24, 2018
Directed by Warren Sherrill
Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe. But when implications of choosing the right school for Jake come to the fore, his parents are forced to reconcile their aspirations for Jake with their identities as both parents and spouses.
“A Kid Like Jake is a searching, keenly perceptive look at how the nature-versus-nurture question can play out on the front lines of tolerance today.”
–Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
by Jacqueline Goldfinger
June 22- July 21, 2018
Directed by Stephen Weitz
Set deep in a Florida swamp, "The Arsonists" is a father-daughter tale of grief, loss and redemption. Inspired by the Greek tragedy "Electra," this play with music is a contemporary American myth that explores the relationship between parent and child in that small space between death and life, the last breath before the awakening.
"Haunting and primal...the play with music is at once earthy and otherworldly, acutely poignant, at times comic and often hair-raising, as the desperate characters struggle with letting go and moving on...”
-Deb Miller, DC Metro Theatre Arts
by Thomas Gibbons
September 15 - October 13, 2018
Directed by Rachel Rogers
In the not-so-distant future, a neuroscientist pushes the convergence of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics. But the friendship she develops with the physical manifestation of her life’s work uncovers long-unhealed emotional wounds – as well as the true purpose behind her creation. Uncanny Valley explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human.
“The reversals and inversions explored in Uncanny Valley play tricks with your head… Is feeling and emotion what makes us human? Or is it the act of creation – to take an idea, a divine spark and make it real?”
-Jayne Blanchard, DC Theatre Scene
The 2nd Annual
Fever Dream Festival
October 19-21 & 26- 28, 2018
In October of 2018 you won’t want to miss Benchmark Theatre’s Second Annual Fever Dream Festival – an onstage celebration of science fiction, fantasy, and horror featuring original works submitted by playwrights from all over the country. Returning after a highly successful 2017 festival, the 2018 version of FDF promises to be even better, with a slew of new works featuring some of Denver’s finest actors. FDF is the first festival of its kind in this region - don’t miss it!
What You Will
by Jeffrey Neuman
November 30 - December 22, 2018
Directed by Warren Sherrill
Adam is a forty-something gay man living a quiet but seemingly contented life. He’s married to a man he truly loves and runs a stationery shop, where he expertly designs custom wedding invitations. However, when he simultaneously meets two different individuals — a rather seductive married man in a gym steam room and a joyful, yet frenetic bride in desperate need of assistance — he begins to realize that marriage may have clear boundaries, but it certainly does not have very clear rules.
What You Will brings together the disparate worlds of wedding invitations, anonymous sex, and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to explore the unspoken contracts we make in personal relationships and what happens when the terms of those tacit agreements come into question.