WELCOME TO THE FRIENDLY SKIES.
Hello and welcome aboard Bonnie’s Last Flight, a play by Eliza Bent, directed by Annie Tippe! Please fasten your seat belts as we make our way to cruising altitude.
Bonnie’s Last Flight is a three-part play set on a plane. Our audience makes the trip as passengers: sitting on a tarmac before takeoff, floating at cruising altitude, and buckling down for the wild and rocky descent back to land.
It’s Jan’s retirement flight. Everyone knows, except for Greig, Jan’s best friend and coworker of many years. As Greig waxes nostalgic, Jan worries about life post-retirement. LeeAnne, a klutzy newbie flight attendant with a dark past, must avoid her ex on the plane while Captain, a waggish pilot with a weakness for unlimited Bloody Mary Brunches, is caught in a love triangle. Erik, the co-pilot with a heart of gold, can’t get a word in edgewise. Presiding over the flight is Mark Twain, of course.
In a comedy set on everyone’s least favorite mode of transit, we must reckon with our crew’s dreams and regrets and ask ourselves: What is the best way to live and how?
Bonnie’s Last Flight will make its maiden voyage February 4 - March 3, 2019 courtesy of New York Theater Workshop’s Next Door Series.
Check out the flight details here: https://www.nytw.org/show/bonnies-last-flight
FLIGHT DETAILS and artistic statement.
I like to make Bentertainments, yes a pun on my last name; but an idea that also reflects my tendency toward narratives and dramatic structures that are, indeed, “bent”: “different from normal; strongly inclined; changed from an originally straight condition.” Many of my plays have experiments at their core and Bonnie's Last Flight is no exception. I wanted to see if I could write a play that follow the ritual of a flight: pre-take off jitters and delays, floating above the ground at cruising altitude with snacks and meditation, and then a rocky descent back to land.
If you’re familiar with other Bentertainments you’ll know to expect language play, puns, and in-flight snacks. There are also strong minded characters who are funny as they are full of depth of feeling. A gentle story about a group of misfits emerges and accumulates over the course of the play.
Premiering Bonnie’s Last Flight is a huge step forward for Bent as a playwright/performer. This is the biggest show Bent has ever self-produced along with the prowess of co-producers Caroline Gart and Ryan Gedrich.
In an ever turbulent political climate theatre has a unique ability to bring people in acts of common communion and mediation. What if a play took place on an airplane? What if we collectively let go of some of the emotional luggage we carry around? What if we enter the theatre thinking and feeling one thing but leave feeling lifted, lighter and more open-hearted?
But really, Mark Twain said it best in this quote from 1893:
Now more than ever.
Now more than ever.
I think we can all agree that we all need to laugh now more than ever.
– Mark Twain
AIRFARE (FINE PRINT).
In order to cover rehearsal costs, artists stipends, production expenses, theater rental BONNIE’S LAST FLIGHT will be a large undertaking with a budget of more than $65,000. So we are turning to you to help us raise the last 18% of our budget.
Thanks to New Georges, your donation is tax-deductible!
Bonnie’s Last Flight is a participant in New Georges’ Supported Productions program, in which the company provides resources, mentorship and an institutional platform to its affiliated artists who are producing their work independently.
MEET OUR FLIGHT CREW.
Eliza Bent, playwright
Annie Tippe, director
Caroline Gart, producer
Ryan Gedrich, producer
Grace McLean, actor
Greig Sargeant, actor
Ceci Fernandez, actor
Sam Breslin Wright, actor
Federico Rodriguez, actor
Bob Brownell, stage manager
Carolyn Mraz, scenic design
Heather McDevitt Barton, costume design
Johnny Gasper, sound design
David Pym, video design
Emma Johnson, production manager
Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY.
Bent’s plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, Clubbed Thumb, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: LMCC's Workspace, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow. Awards/Citations: LMCC process grant, Critics Pick for TOILET FIRE, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event for THE BEYONCE. Alum: artist-in-residence at the Abingdon Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Project Y Playwright’s Group, TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group, New Georges JAM / affiliated artist. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, a frequent guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.
Risks and challenges
The airline industry is predictably unpredictable, and the team of Bonnie’s Last Flight is committed to creating a safe space for you in these turbulent skies. On behalf of the entire crew, we’d like to thank you for joining us on this trip, and we are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice day/evening/night/stay!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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