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An air-play in three acts @ NYTW Next Door
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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

Your Flight Crew! From Left: Federico Rodriguez, Ceci Fernandez, Greig Sargeant, Grace McLean, Sam Breslin Wright (Photo by Marcus Middleton)
Your Flight Crew! From Left: Federico Rodriguez, Ceci Fernandez, Greig Sargeant, Grace McLean, Sam Breslin Wright (Photo by Marcus Middleton)

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.

FLIGHT ROUTE.

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

Grace McLeans plays your purser, Jan (Photo by Marcus Middleton)
Grace McLeans plays your purser, Jan (Photo by Marcus Middleton)

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 

Flight Bio:

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.

On behalf of Bonnie's Last Flight we look forward to seeing you on board again. We wish you a wonderful evening in New York City or where ever your final destination may be. (Photo by Marcus Middleton)
On behalf of Bonnie's Last Flight we look forward to seeing you on board again. We wish you a wonderful evening in New York City or where ever your final destination may be. (Photo by Marcus Middleton)

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!

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