Benchmark Theatre

Onstage Next: A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle Opening February 16th



by Noah Haidle
December 1 - 23, 2017

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by Noah Haidle
December 1 - 23, 2017

Directed by Rachel Rogers

Chronicling a family's magical discovery of the fragility of life and the power of love, this is a story where fetuses swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, a daughter eats dirt and doesn't speak, a father is about to drive away and never return, and there's an apple tree growing through the walls of the house. From the poignantly bittersweet to the hilariously perceptive, Smokefall by Noah Haidle is a family drama unlike any you've ever seen.

Smokefall is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Thurs-Sat @ 8:00pm
Sun @ 6:00pm
Industry Night Monday, December 11

Buntport Theater
717 Lipan Street
Denver, CO 80204

General Admission $30
Student/Senior/Veteran $20


Meet the Cast

Suzie Scott

Suzie first had the privilege of working with Benchmark Theatre this past summer as an actor in the first annual Fever Dream Festival featuring in several new-play readings of the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres. Other recent roles include Karen in The Money Shot (Avenue Theater), Renee in the Odd Couple (Female Version) (Barth Hotel), and Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Avenue Theater). Suzie was an ensemble member of the long-running regional premier of Metamorphoses (Avenue Theater - Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Drama, 2004). Other favorite roles include Dawn in Lobby Hero (Miners Alley Playhouse), Bobbi in Some Girl(s) (Firehouse Theater Co.), Amy in Someone Else’s Life (Conundrum Productions), and Chick in Crimes of the Heart (Denver Victorian Playhouse). Suzie recieved her BA in Theatre from CSU in Fort Collins, and earned an MPA from CU Denver.

Matthew Blood-Smyth
Daniel/Fetus One

This is Matthew's inaugural performance with Benchmark. You may have seen him most recently as Heathcliff in The Catamounts' production of "You on the Moors Now" or Alan in Wide Eyed Productions' "The Mumblings". He is a founding member of Blood, Love, and Rhetoric in Prague. He is represented locally by Donna Baldwin and by Myrnyx Tyrnyx in Europe.


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John HAuser
Footnote/Fetus Two/Samuel

John Hauser is actually excited about working with Benchmark Theatre. His credits include: Hand to God at Curious Theatre Company, Frankenstein at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Sweet & Lucky with Third Rail Projects/ DCPA, Red at Backstage Breckenridge Theatre Company, Biloxi Blues, and A Skull in Connemara at Miners Alley Playhouse, Rabbit Hole at Vintage Theatre Company, as well as The Few, and Ambition Facing West at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and Jerusalem at the Edge Theatre Company. But most importantly, his favorite food is pepperoni and mushroom pizza, should you see him after the show.


Sarai brown

Sarai Brown is excited to be a member of the beautiful play that is SMOKEFALL. Some of her favorite roles in the world of theatre include Donkey in Shrek the Musical and Gloria in Wait Until Dark; she enjoyed making the audience laugh. Sarai is a sophomore at Grandview High School. Her other interests include writing, Chinese, rugby, and managing wrestling (in support of her brothers). She would like to thank her chauffeur (mom), Baba (爸爸), and her brothers, Seth and Shem, for their love and support. Sarai is grateful to director Rachel Rogers for this opportunity to appear in SMOKEFALL - Sarai has learned a lot from her and the cast and crew. 我愛你我的家!


Benchmark Theatre Premiered with

by Jennifer Haley
March 31 – April 22, 2017


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Fever Dream Festival
June 16-18, 2017