Ben Holbrook is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright and filmmaker whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy Productions, Ugly Rhino(LA),  Seoul Players (SK), Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, 45th Street Block Association, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC).  Also a writer and filmmaker, his work has been published in “Call of the Void”, a journal of visual and literary arts, and his films have been seen at the Big Apple Film Festival, The Comedy of Horrors Festival, The Sickest Short Films Festival, and The Films Open Mic Festival. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting. For up to date info, follow his Facebook page.

“When I was about 6, my dog bit me because I reached into her food bowl while she was eating. The pain was so great, that it sent electric spasms all throughout my body and I, like a 6 year old, cried. I ran into the kitchen to my dad, who was peeling apples at the time for my mom to make pies later that evening, and told him what had happened. After my passionate speech my father only had one question for me, ‘Did you bite her back?’. This absurd query immediately ceased my tears. ‘No’, I replied. ‘If somebody bites you, bite ‘em back’ my dad sighed as he went back to peeling and slicing. After that I promptly exited the kitchen, found Spicy (the vicious pekingese) and bit her. From then on, Spicy and I had a mutual understanding. Don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit.”

Ben Holbrook