UPCOMING       

DOWN THE LINE

By Julie Benko

Directed by Haley DeMar

An excerpt from Julie's new play, "Down the Line," was performed live, socially distanced, and masked as a staged reading in NYU Graduate Acting's Freeplay Festival. Set in the legal red light district called "Storyville" that existed in New Orleans prior to World War I, the play follows Madame Duchess Kitty DeWitt, her daughter Lili, and the working girls who reside in her notorious house on Basin Street. In addition to writing the piece, Julie also plays the role of the illiterate Cajun prostitute Clementine, who harbors big dreams of going on the stage as a jazz singer. Watch below! Read more about the piece in Julie's author's note here.

THE ODYSSEY

by Derek Walcott

Directed by Scott Illingworth

Streaming late June

Catch Julie in this socially distant and masked in the New York premiere of this Caribbean adaptation of the famous epic. An NYU Graduate Acting Program production --  and Julie's final production before graduating with her MFA!

THE NEWLYWED'S GUIDE TO PHYSICAL INTIMACY

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WATCH IT HERE!

Inspired by a real self-help book of the same name, the film follows a newlywed Hasidic couple arriving home on their wedding night. The trouble is, no one ever taught them what comes next.

Written, Directed, & Edited by Julie Benko

Starring: Felix Teich & Julie Benko

Original Music by Jason Yeager

OFFICIAL SELECTION AT:

ONLINE NEW ENGLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Audience Award Winner, Best Comedy)

NEW FACES NEW VOICES (Honorable Mention)

TWIN CITIES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

AES SHORT FILM COMPETITION (Honorable Mention)

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