France-Luce Benson

Playwright, US

France-Luce Benson is a Haitian-American playwright based in New York. Her plays have been produced at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, The Billy Holiday Theatre, Adrienne Arsht PAC/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre. Development readings at Playwrights Horizons, National Black Theatre, and The Lark. Awards and Honors: Miranda Grant recipient, Djerassi Playwright in Residence, SPACE at Ryder Farm Residency, Dramatists Guild Fellow. Winner: Samuel French OOB Festival, The Kilroys List, EST New Play Commission, Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission, Alfred P. Sloan Screenplay Award, and Princess Grace Award Runner Up. Publications: Routledge Press, Sam French.

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Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution

A pig is slaughtered and sacrificed, a goddess seduces a young bride, and enslaved and self-liberated Africans on the island of San Domingue rise up to end slavery and destroy colonialism. Deux Femmes on the Edge of a Revolution is a full-length play about the Haitian Revolution, told from the perspective of two women. Cécile, an enslaved healer of African nobility, and Valentine, a French woman sold into marriage to a plantation master form an unlikely alliance as they fight to preserve their pasts, protect their futures, and ultimately gain freedom.