Meet the Bensons

by adaptation of a play by Efua Sutherland

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The Bensons are in a financial bind; unpaid utility bills, an uncompleted housing renovation project and a reputation to protect! Mrs. Benson, in a desperate attempt to ring in some extra cash, devises an unthinkable plot - a marriage! She places her beautiful and smart daughter, Aku Shika, up for bids without her consent and receives offers from wealthy suitors from all over the continent. After accepting the marriage proposals of not one nor two, but four powerful monarchs, it’s time to give them their bride! One Aku Shika, four eager chiefs and an unquenchable thirst for more money. Is resolution even a possibility?  

Meet the Benson is an adaptation of “The marriage of Anansewa” by Efua Sutherland, a popular Ghanaian playwright. It touches on the themes of marriage, duty, and family. This comedic satire is a flagrant celebration of different African cultures and languages.

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Performance Dates & Times

November 11, 2022 - 4:00pm

November 11, 2022 - 8:00pm


Lighten Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Sachem Street gate. Upper lobby and balcony seating is located on the ground level. Lower lobby and stage level seating is accessible via an elevator. Facilities are located on both levels.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.


Mrs Agatha Benson
Mr George Benson
Kennedy Odiboh
Akua Shika Benson
Junior Benson
Andrew Dabrah
Aunty Juanita
Amara Mgbeike
Audrey Gatera
Harry Shindika
Queen Kanjogera
Georgette Nyiraneza
Queen's Messenger
Lauren Okine
Elder Mcube
Thembi Gausi
Pastor Opare
Mike Masamvu

Production Team

Brian Fleischer
Musical Director
Set Designer
Madeleine Keenan
Costume Designer
Zanele Nzau
Costume Designer
Olivia Miller
Makeup Artist
Sage Friedman
Technical Director
Lighting Team
Freeman Irabaruta