2020 Clauder Competition Gold Prize Winner and Connecticut State Winner.


DATES April 9, 2021 7:00 PM

PLAYWRIGHT Benjamin Benne

DIRECTOR Maeli Goren

This is a list of things Christian believes in: logic, banana Laffy Taffy, video games, and Daniel. This is a list of things Christian doesn’t believe in: caffeine, alcohol, monogamy, and God. Daniel, a Mario Kart wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian’s past threaten to overpower the connection they share—with one another, and something bigger than themselves.

THE 32nd Annual LITTLE FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXPECTED was live-streamed on Zoom.

Benjamin Benne is a Yale School of Drama MFA Candidate in Playwriting and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency. He is American Blues Theater’s 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner, Arizona Theatre Company’s 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award winner, a 2019 Kennedy Center/KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award recipient, a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, a Playwrights’ Center Affiliated Writer, and a current member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. His plays, including Alma, querencia: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits, and at the very bottom of a body of water, have been produced/developed with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights Realm’s Scratchpad Series, The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, The Public, Roundabout Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Pasadena, Pillsbury House Theatre, and Teatro Milagro, among others. www.benjaminbenne.com

Daniel Gregory Saint Georges

Chris/tian John Evans Reese

The Therapist Devin White

The Father Walton Wilson

Director Maeli Goren

Dramaturg Rebecca Adelsheim

Assistant Director, Assistant Dramaturg, Stage Directions Macey Downs

2020 Clauder Competition Grand Prize Winner and Massachusetts State Winner




The Earth has become uninhabitable. The last escape ship from Earth (Seattle, to be exact) arrives at its new home centuries after all the others. The pilots are not prepared for what they find there: A planet full of unimpressed people of color who are not happy to see them.

The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri asks us to examine 21st Century America through the lens of futurist neo-colonialism, 2000 years after the end of Must-See TV.

Greg Lam is a playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who is a transplanted Bostonian now living in the Bay Area. He is the co-creator of the “Boston Podcast Players” podcast (bostonpodcastplayers.com) Boston’s virtual podcast stage for new works by local playwrights. He is the co-founder of the Asian-American Playwright Collective and a member of The Pulp Stage Writer’s Room.

Morris Emerson Tom Ford*

Adelaide "Addie" Russell Moira Driscoll*

Henry Hirano Galen Sho Sato*

Tunde Brooks Brantly*

Paz Sol Marina Crespo*

*member Actors' Equity Association

Director Sally Wood

Asst. Director/Stage Manager/Stage Directions Zach Elton


PLAYWRIGHT Richard Blanco & Vanessa Garcia


Tio Eme Gilbert Cruz*

Beatriz Vanessa Elise~

Maynard Corey Gagne

Blake Toussaint Jeanlouis*

Jazmin Abigail Killeen*

Georgette Kathy McCafferty*

Marilyn Michelle Rios*

Morty Caleb Scott*

Director Sally Wood

Assistant Director & Dramaturg Macey Downs

[* member of Actors Equity Association]

[~ Equity Membership Candidate]