Benji Carr's career as a writer began when he was 16. The managing editor of his hometown newspaper sat him down for a talk, gave him a camera and a notepad. She told him to just ask everyone questions and record whatever they say. Since then, he's been a collector of stories, someone who shares information and attempts to connect people through the joy and empathy that language can inspire.
Benji's work has taken him in a variety of directions. He's worked as an editor for newspapers, CNN and the Department of Defense. He's taken the stage at national storytelling shows like The Moth and Listen to Your Mother. His plays have been staged in Atlanta and Off Off Broadway. He's performed improv comedy and taken the stage as Tiny Tim. He has written opinion pieces for The Guardian. He runs a literary journal intent on showcasing diverse voices. And he's written copy for bail bonds companies and nonprofits seeking to help communities.
If a common thread can be found within his work, he wants audiences to connect and be inspired to act. Our stories connect us. Benji Carr wants to help you share yours.
What You'll Find: We seek danger. We want thrill. Give us blood, sex, passion, love, memory, mystery, a ballad that haunts your soul, complicated individuals, twisted plots, true stories, fiction stories, narrative poetry, plainclothes pulp, meat-and-potatoes stories. Come here for moments of horror. This is straightforward blood-and-guts.
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Some truck drivers have been discussing a labor strike, possibly to begin at the end of November. Find out more about #StopTheTires movement.
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An Atlanta playwright has a chance to stage his one-act horror play in New York as part of a national competition. You can help make it happen.What is Ground Chuck?Written by Atlanta native Benjamin Carr, Ground Chuck is a one-act horror comedy play about a daughter who goes to work with her mother...
Advising customers whether consultation on their credit woes would improve their financial futures.
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Instructing people how to maintain focus and strength at times of adversity to promote available affordable counseling in Atlanta area.
Inspiring compassion within readers while encouraging them to watch the Mr. Rogers documentary
Mosquito Control advice to customers of Lawn Care advisory service.
After the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, CCCG did an outreach upon social media to help any followers coping with feelings of despair.
Creative Writing/Personal Storytelling/Journalism
With its new production of Wonderland: Alice's Rock 'n' Roll Adventure, Synchronicity Theatre provides what feels like a garage rock concert for tweens. A live band is onstage, occasionally with the Cheshire Cat on guitar and Alice on vocals, and the vibe is fun, spontaneous and a bit ramshackle and unpolished.
An Atlanta Christmas has its delightful traditions: the great tree atop Macy's at Lenox Square, a different Santa Claus in every mall, multiple Nutcrackers dancing with sugar plum fairies, a variety of choirs in concert and the lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Few Atlanta theater artists knew Stephen Sondheim personally. Yet the loss felt personal for countless Atlanta actors, directors and other theater professionals, as is apparent in social media posts and buzz that has spread following the death of the acclaimed songwriter and master of musical theater at age 91 last Friday.
When Ebenezer Scrooge awakens from his dark Christmas night to a brighter morning full of possibility, audiences are reminded that it's never too late for second chances. The reason A Christmas Carol has been a staple at the Alliance Theatre for 32 years is because it offers people an annual opportunity to reflect and renew, said David H.
As the title character in the new play Hometown Boy learns, you can go home again. But sometimes you shouldn't. The secrets that lie at the center of the world premiere drama, onstage at Actor's Express through November 28, are deceptively hidden within the early dialogue.
Hometown Boy, a Southern play filled with juicy secrets and quick wit, receiving its world premiere November 3 at Actor's Express, begins with a young man returning to his father's home after a decade, only to find the doors locked. He spends much of the first scene trying to find his way in.
The party never stops in The Exterminating Angel. But instead of a charmed life being a carefree dream, it can devolve into a slow-building nightmare. That's one of the many messages to derive from Vernal & Sere Theatre's cool, challenging adaptation of the 1962 Luis Buñuel film, onstage at the Windmill Arts Center in East Point through October 24.
Though many of the elements of Darlin' Cory, the new musical opening the Alliance Theatre's 2021-22 season, are dazzling, the clumsy delivery of the show's central mystery hampers its overall success. Musical mystery-thriller is a difficult genre to tackle, as complicated as a tightrope walk, and poor Cory stumbles and falls before it reaches the end of the line.
It's a nice notion to believe that childhood is a sacred, protected time, but such a blessing is not true perpetually or distributed equally. It's something to hope for, something deserved, but it usually doesn't happen or doesn't last. The Bluest Eye, an adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel by playwright Lydia R.
The famed film director François Truffaut said that it was impossible to make an anti-war film because every feature depicting war makes explosions and battle fun to watch, that the storytellers inevitably give the audience a kind of hero. An Iliad, running through October 10 at Theatrical Outfit, tackles the noble challenge of creating an anti-war performance headfirst.
It is no small feat for a Wall to steal a scene, yet the Atlanta Shakespeare Company's fun, novel approach to A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse allows for moments like that.
TV column featuring WandaVision, Call Me Kat, Bridgerton
Top 10 shows of 2020, including "The Queen's Gambit" and "I May Destroy You"
Horizon Theatre's latest Zoom production, Love, M., is a world premiere that feels like a relic. The drama, set in the 1980s and '90s when AIDS began claiming the lives of young men, feels like a well-intended "Very Special Episode" of a sitcom from the era. Love, M.
If Horizon Theatre Company's online production of Completeness is any indication of what this season will bring for those of us who miss theater, audiences can have hope.
Note: Out Front Theatre's staging of "warplay" opened and closed last weekend due to coronavirus concerns. As a publication of record, and out of respect for all the artists involved in bringing "warplay" to life, we decided to publish our review anyhow.
If today was a normal Thursday, Barrett Doyle would be making final tweaks to his scenic design for Serenbe Playhouse's Spring Awakening. But it's not a normal Thursday, and the show won't open tomorrow. Serenbe Playhouse, like every other theater company in metro Atlanta, has gone dark until it's safe to socialize again in the age of coronavirus.
The opening lines of Bull in a China Shop - at Out Front Theatre Company through February 15 - are almost ridiculously blunt, direct and off-putting. "I'm a bull in a china shop," announces Mary Woolley, wearing a 1900s-era dress, her hair pinned back.
Though it shines in moments, like a ring discovered in a dark cave, Synchronicity Theatre's The Hobbit is a quirky, uneven piece that doesn't succeed at telling its story clearly. It's onstage at the Midtown theater through February 23.
While discussing his character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, actor Brandon Michael Mayes undergoes a different sort of curious incident. The more he describes the thoughts and feelings of a 15-year-old neighborhood sleuth with high-functioning autism, the more he disappears into the role. His posture stiffens.
This year's 20 by 2020 series attempted to profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by year's end. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is No. 17 (and the last in the series, but not the last story of its kind). To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the homepage.
Our 20 by 2020 series attempts to profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by the end of the year. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is no. 16. To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the homepage.
An old, mad leader, full of pomp and arrogance regarding his own greatness, bestows entirely too much power on his lying, power-hungry children, and the world falls into a storm of chaos, bickering and violence as a result.
Our 20 by 2020 series will profile 20 theater artists, administrators and innovators by the end of the year. All are shaking up the city's stages. This is No. 14. To see the others, search "20 by 2020" from the home page. :: The most powerful stories hit you where you live.
Profile on Locke & Key, Hunters and The Outsider
Monthly television feature focusing on Lovecraft Country, Teenage Bounty Hunters, The Goes Wrong Show
Profile of the year's best shows.
Monthly TV column featuring Why Women Kill, Unbelievable
To recap Scream, in case you missed it, our heroine Sidney's ex-boyfriend Billy Loomis was a deranged serial killer who murdered her mother and was hacking up her friends, then he gaslit her into sleeping with him when she felt guilty for ever doubting his love and innocence.
Column on Pennyworth, Four Weddings and a Funeral and BH90210
Monthly TV column featuring The Boys, Veronica Mars
Monthly TV Column featuring Chernobyl, Dead to Me
Monthly TV Column featuring Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory
Winter 2017 A Journal of Culture Poetry, Literature, Art and Music
No American flags hang from my front porch or car windows. I've not been wearing red, white and blue everywhere I go. I've not attended vigils, wept during the national anthem. I've not tied a ribbon around an old oak tree, or anywhere else for that matter.
WRITE CLUB Atlanta pits returning combatant Benjamin Carr against our Consigliere Myke Johns in a bout between Heads and Tails. Call it in the air.
Essay about my mother's advice on growing up with cerebral palsy.
Benjamin Carr performs "It Just Is," an essay about his mother raising him to combat the prejudices and challenges surrounding cerebral palsy.
WUSSY is proud to present "Circle," a deeply personal essay by Atlanta writer Benjamin Carr.
Guest: Benjamin Carr Storyteller and writer Benjamin Carr discusses his career as a writer and the Atlanta live lit(erary) scene. He also reads several pieces including the most hysterical Waffle House story you've ever heard. Host: Amanda Plumb
Carapace, a monthly storytelling event, consists of brief, true personal stories. Benjamin Carr tells of the first time he scored in basketball.
Benjamin Carr's first performance at Carapace, detailing a helicopter crash his parents witnessed once.
By the time I was four years old, I had developed this rather in-depth conviction that I was either an alien from outer space or the savior of mankind. Or both. I'd seen Superman and Spider-man in cartoons. I'd seen Luke Skywalker in the movies and sang songs about Jesus Christ in childran's choir.
My debut novel from Story Plant.
Story featured in Georgia Gothic anthology.
Short play performed as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival at the Vineyard Theater in Manhattan.
Inspired by the month of February, this compilation featured Benjamin Carr's short story La Petite Mort.
Ten-minute puppetry performance at XPT, featuring Amber Nash.