Benchmark Theatre

Unique Productions. Uncompromising Quality. Theatre with Intention.

 

2018 Season

join us for a season exploring identity 

 
 

regional premier

A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle

February 16- March 25, 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

 

regional premier

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The Arsonists
by Jacqueline Goldfinger

June 22- July 21, 2018

Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson

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

 
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regional premier

Uncanny Valley
by Thomas Gibbons

September 14- October 14, 2018

Directed by Rachel Bouchard

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 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!

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world premier

What You Will
by Jeffrey Neuman

December 1- 31, 2018

Directed by Kate Folkins

Adam is 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 serves as a wedding planner. When he meets and begins a series of encounters with a rather seductive married man in a gym steam room, though, he starts to question everything he holds true about himself and his own marriage.