Performance of Poet Yusef Komunyakaa’s `Autobiography of My Alter Ego’ Set for March 22 at the Mill Hill Playhouse


A rare public production of internationally acclaimed poet and playwright Yusef Komunyakaa’s  “Autobiography of My Alter Ego” will come to Trenton’s Mill Hill Playhouse for one performance only on March 22.

The performance by actor Alan Benditt will begin at 3 p.m., and will be followed by a conversation with Komunyakaa and Benditt, a book signing and a wine reception. Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

A resident of Trenton, Komunyakaa teaches at New York University. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and the Wallace Stevens Award in 2011. He previously taught at Princeton University for several years.

warhorsesKomunyakaa describes “Autobiography of My Alter Ego” – originally included in his 2008 book “Warhorses” – as a monologue spoken by a bartender, a white American.

Incorporating his touchstones of love, family, war, and race,  Kumunyakaa creates a narrative tour de force, both archetypal and deeply personal, dealing with human connection, loss, and ultimately endurance. Conversational, intimate and riveting, “Autobiography of My Alter Ego” addresses our flawed, often destructive psyche, how we strive for peace and resurrection through music, language, and engagement.

“I eagerly await Alan’s recital at Mill Hill Playhouse. He knows how to get inside that piece and make it his,” Komunyakaa said.

Alan Benditt has been acting in New York for decades, appearing in works by Maria Irene Fornes, Samuel Beckett, Brecht, Lanford Wilson, Michael Weller, Christopher Durang, Bill C. Davis and many others. In recent years he has been a close collaborator with Komunyakaa on several dramatic projects, including the play “Gilgamesh” at New York’s 92nd Street Y and recitations of “Autobiography of My Alter Ego” around the country.

“Alan Benditt’s dramatic interpretation of ‘Autobiography of My Alter Ego’ is a great way to experience this piece, and I’m privileged to be a part of bringing this production to Trenton, a gritty and creative city Yusef and I are proud to reside in,” said Jim Gordon, founder of ContentTrenton, who is producing the event in association with Passage Theatre and the Bellevue Gallery of Fine Art.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact ContentTrenton at 609.649.1772; Passage Theatre at 609.392.0766; or Bellevue Gallery at 609.915.0259. The Mill Hill Playhouse is located at 205 East Front Street in Trenton.

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