B.V. Marshall’s plays include Absolutions and Paradise, Boom Box, Buenas Smooches Piscataway NJ, Carlos and LaVonne, Corn Bread with Raisins and Almonds, Five Husbands, Henry’s Bridge, Boom Box, Carlos and LaVonne, Dad’s Vision, Galilee House, A Goat on the Balcony, Purchasing Power, The Red Train Café, and Homestar. His work has been performed and developed at the HBO New Writers Workshop, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Theatre for the New City in NYC, Luna Stage, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, The Warner’s International Playwrights, The Berrie Center, The National Playwrights Symposium at Cape May and the Kennedy Center. Most recently, his newest plays, Incident at Willow Creek was awarded the Bauer -Boucher award from Kean University, and a reading of Five Husbands was presented as part of the city of Plainfield’s Gay Pride Celebration.
Some of his other honors include fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Victor Bumbalo/ Robert Chesley Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and four playwriting fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Previously a musician, journalist and a teacher of English in Middle Eastern countries, Marshall has published poetry, fiction and essays in several literary magazines. As a director, he has staged many productions for college and community theatres.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and the Ninth Floor in NYC, Ben earned a BA from Kean University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, after studying playwriting at Hunter University. As Associate Professor at Middlesex County College in NJ, he specializes in African American Literature, Creative Writing and Playwriting. The school recently awarded him their scholar of the year award for his creative work.