Eliza Bent's BONNIE’S LAST FLIGHT w/ Tony Nominee Barbara Walsh To Premiere as part of Next Door at NYTW, Feb 8 - Mar 2
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:11 pm EST 01/09/19


Wry Comedy Set on an Airplane Features Tony Nominee Barbara Walsh, Ceci Fernandez, Federico Rodriguez, Greig Sargeant, and Sam Breslin Wright

The Habitat and Bentertainment, in association with Ryan Gedrich, present

Bonnie’s Last Flight
Written by Eliza Bent
Directed by Annie Tippe

Previews: February 8, 9 at 7:30pm; February 10, 11 at 8pm
Opening: Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm
Regular: February 14, 19, 20, 27, 28 at 8pm; February 15, 16, 22, 23, March 1, 2 at 7:30pm

Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th St, Manhattan)
$25–$75; nytw.org; 212-460-5475

The Habitat and Bentertainment, in association with Ryan Gedrich, present the world premiere of Bonnie’s Last Flight by Eliza Bent. Directed by Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet), Bonnie’s Last Flight is a three-part play set on an airplane. It finds the audience taking this theatrical trip as passengers: sitting on a tarmac before take-off, floating at cruising altitude, and buckling down for the wild and rocky descent back to land. As part of Next Door at NYTW, Bonnie’s Last Flight is scheduled to run at the Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th St, Manhattan) from February 8 through March 2, with an opening night of February 13. Non-stop tickets are available at three levels: Economy Coach ($25), Comfort Plus ($40), and First Class Business Premium ($75). Audiences are limited to one carry-on item.

In Bonnie’s Last Flight, shortly after liftoff, we learn that it’s Jan’s final retirement flight. Everyone on board knows, except for Greig, Jan’s best friend and trusted co-worker of decades. As Greig waxes nostalgic, Jan worries about life post-retirement. LeeAnne, a klutzy newbie flight attendant with a dark past, must avoid her ex who’s also on board. The captain, a waggish pilot with a weakness for unlimited Bloody Mary brunches, is caught in a love triangle, and Erik, the co-pilot with a heart of gold, can’t get a word in edgewise.

In this comedy set on everyone's least favorite mode of transit, we must reckon with our crew’s dreams and regrets and ask ourselves: What does it take to really start living?

The cast for Bonnie’s Last Flight is led by Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Falsettos, Company) as Jan, Ceci Fernandez (Tiny Beautiful Things) as LeeAnne, Federico Rodriguez (Selkie, The Hotel Colors) as Co-Pilot, Greig Sargeant (Elevator Repair Service, Target Margin Theater) as Greig, Sam Breslin Wright (Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; The Temperamentals) as Pilot, a special appearance by Bent as Mark Twain, and Foxy Le Corgi as Bonnie.

Since moving to New York and graduating from Mac Wellman’s celebrated playwriting program at Brooklyn College in 2014, Bent has steadily built a dual career as both a writer and actress. Last year, her “irresistibly raucous and impassioned” (New York Times) solo play Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was a Queen premiered at Abrons Arts Center. Prior to that, Bent was a featured performer in Anne Washburn’s Little Bunny Foo Foo at Actors Theatre of Louisville and her play, On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba, received a staged reading at the Atlantic Theater Company.

With an award-winning cast that includes veterans of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and celebrated ensembles like Elevator Repair Service, The Civilians, and Target Margin Theater, Bonnie’s Last Flight finds Bent, alongside director Annie Tippe, propelling her unique blend of humor, wit, and insight to ambitious new heights.

"Both as a performance artist and a wry confessor, Bent makes an impression,” declared Jenna Scherer in Time Out New York. “She’s this generation’s answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable.” Memorable past works include Toilet Fire, The Hotel Colors, and Blue Wizard / Black Wizard, a collaboration with Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy was published by Samuel French last year.

The production team for Bonnie’s Last Flight includes Meredith Ries (scenic design), Oona Curley (lighting design), John Gasper (sound design), David Pym (video design), Heather McDevitt Barton (costume design), Rhys Roffey (props design), Bob Brownell (production stage manager), Emma Johnson (production manager), Megan Lang (master electrician), Caroline Gart (producer) and Ryan Gedrich (producer).

Performances of Bonnie’s Last Flight will take place February 8–March 2 (see schedule above) at the Fourth Street Theatre, located at 83 East 4th St in Manhattan. Press performances are February 10 and 11 at 8pm for an opening on February 13 at 8pm.

Non-stop tickets are available at three levels: First Class Business Premium ($75) includes priority boarding, premium reserved seats, and, for those 21 years-old and over, a complimentary beverage; Comfort Plus ($40) includes priority boarding, reserved seats, and a complimentary snack; Economy Coach ($25) are general admission tickets and are the last to board. Tickets are available online at NYTW.org, by phone at 212-460-5475, or in-person at the NYTW Box Office. Standard ticketing fees apply. New York Theatre Workshop members and donors receive discounted tickets for the Next Door at NYTW series.

About the Artists

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 Workspace 18/19, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow. Awards/Citations: Bent is the inaugural Humanities Initiative Artist in Residence at the University of Scranton 18/19, Indeed, Friend! recently cited on Steppenwolf’s The Mix, LMCC ’16 process grant, Critics Pick for Toilet Fire, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event. Alum: SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Project Y Playwright’s Group, TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group, New Georges affiliated artist. Bent is 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.

Annie Tippe is a director and creator of new work, film and music theater. Frequent collaborators include Dave Malloy (Ghost Quartet; Octet, upcoming at Signature Theatre May ‘19), James + Jerome (Museum; Aaron/Marie, both co-directed with Rachel Chavkin), Molly Beach Murphy + Jeanna Phillips (COWBOY BOB) and Ryann Weir, Claire Rothrock + Andrew Farmer (I Heard Sex Noises). Recent directing includes Eliza Bent’s Bonnie’s Last Flight (Next Door at NYTW), Leslye Headland's Cult of Love (World Premiere; IAMA Theatre Company) and Bess Wohl's Continuity (New Stages at the Goodman Theatre). Tippe is the co-creator and director of the web series BASIC WITCH (Amazon). She is a frequent associate of Rachel Chavkin, and has also served as the associate director for John Tiffany and Moritz von Stuelpnagel. She is the former Ars Nova Director-in-Residence, a Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the Williamstown Directing Corps. www.annietippe.com

About the Cast

Barbara Walsh (Jan) Broadway: Falsettos (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations, L.A. Ovation Award), Company (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), Rock 'n Roll! The First 5,000 Years, Nine, Blood Brothers, Big, Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Summer and Smoke (CSC and Transport Group), First Daughter Suite (The Public Theatre), Three Days to See (Transport Group), Normal (Transport Group), Forbidden Broadway, Birds of Paradise. National Tours: Oklahoma!, Nine, Les Misérables, Chess (Carbonell Award). Regional: Angels in America (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Master Class (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Baltimore Center Stage), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (KC Rep and Baltimore Center Stage), Carrie (Studio Theatre - Helen Hayes Award), The New Prince (a premiere Opera for The Dutch National Opera and Ballet). TV/Film: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Life with Mikey.

Ceci Fernandez (LeeAnne) is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer and koala. She was most recently seen sharing the role of Sugar with Nia Vardalos in Tiny Beautiful Things at The Public Theater. Past theater credits include Twelfth Night (The Public Theater Mobile Unit); Frontieres sans Frontieres (Brooklyn Starr); The Fatal Eggs (ARACA Project) and Ermyntrude and Esmeralda (Ars Nova ANTFEST). Regional and international credits include These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep); Vanity Fair, Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal); Miss Julie, Heart’s Desire, Have I None, and reWilding (Yale Cabaret). TV/Film: Temporary Guardian, Dichos, The Exorcist, and The Good Wife. Fernandez is also the head writer at InstaMiniSeries and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Federico Rodriguez (Co-Pilot) is thrilled to be working with Eliza again after The Hotel Colors at The Bushwick Starr. Recent theater credits include Horatio in Hamlet at Shakespeare Theatre Company (directed by Michael Kahn), Selkie (The Wild Project), Jack in Importance of Being Earnest (Two River Theater), Freddy in Pygmalion (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Hope and Gravity (Pittsburgh City Theatre). TV/Film: Bull (CBS), The Path (Hulu), and Madam Secretary (CBS). BA from Brown University.

Greig Sargeant (Greig). With Elevator Repair Service: Measure for Measure (Public Theater), Fondly, Collette Richland (NYTW), The Sound and the Fury (NYTW , Public Theater), Gatz (selected engagements). The Parable Conference (BAM/2014 Next Wave Festival); Please Bury Me/Go Forth (Baryshnikov Arts Center); The Little Foxes (NYTW); Strictly Dishonorable (The Vineyard); Uncle Vanya, Dinner Party, Dido, Queen Of Carthage, The Seagull (Target Margin Theater), among others. Sargeant is an artistic associate of Target Margin Theater and Elevator Repair Service. MFA in Acting from West Virginia University and trained in New York with William Esper.

Sam Breslin Wright (Pilot) Broadway: Macbeth; Selected theater: Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble), Paris Commune (Public Theatre, B.A.M./The Civilians), Bunny Foo Foo (Actors Theater of Louisville), We’re Gonna Be Okay (Humana Festival), The Three Sisters (Yale Rep., Berkeley Rep.), Two seasons at the Old Globe, Nine seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Played Dylan Larsen over two seasons on Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Break, Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, Black Box, The Beaver, Disposal, Dead Birds, Happy Hour, Law and Order, Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, and Out of Order. M.F.A. U.C.S.D, Certificate L.A.M.D.A., Associate Artist of The Civilians.

Funding Credits

Bonnie’s Last Flight is a New Georges supported production. Bonnie’s Last Flight was developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Target Margin Theater Institute, a BRIClab residency, and a New Georges Audrey residency and received additional support from LMCC Process and Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Production support provided by The Habitat.

About New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh's Once; Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher; David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus; Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

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