Bonnie’s Last Flight (work-in-progress)
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 take off, 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 co-worker 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 who’s on the plane while 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 is the best way to live and how?
General Admission: Seated
ELIZA BENT is a writer and performer. Bent’s plays have been developed, workshopped, and produced at Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the Bushwick Starr, the Atlantic, and the New Ohio. Awards: 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event (The Beyonce), Time Out New York Critic’s Pick for Toilet Fire, LMCC Process grant for Bonnie’s Last Flight. Residencies: MacDowell Colony, Berkely Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Target Margin Institute, New Georges Audrey residency, artist-in-residence at Abingdon Theatre, Casa Zia Lina. Bent is a performer with the Obie-award winning group Half Straddle and a frequent collaborator with Knud Adams. She is an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Brooklyn College where she received her MFA in playwriting.
ANNIE TIPPE (creator/director) is a director and creator of new work. Directing includes Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, etc); Bess Wohl’s Continuity (The Goodman Theatre); Anne Washburn’s When the Tanks Break (Drama League); Washeteria (Soho Rep); James + Jerome’s MUSEUM: Lecture and Aaron/Marie (both co-directed w. Rachel Chavkin); Far Away (Harvard University); COWBOY BOB (Yale Institute for Music Theatre; Ars Nova; Polyphone Festival) and I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova). Creator/Director of web series BASIC WITCH. Associate Director for The TEAM’S touring productions of Mission Drift and RoosevElvis (dir. Rachel Chavkin) and Gabriel Kahane’s The Ambassador (BAM; dir. John Tiffany). She has also assisted directors Lila Neugebauer and Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Ars Nova’s 2016 “Director-in-Residence”, Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, WTF Directing Corps, New Georges Audrey Resident. UPCOMING: Premiere of Dave Malloy’s Octet (Signature Theatre, 2019).
Bonnie’s Last Flight was developed through SPACE on Ryder Farm, an LMCC Process Grant and through the New Georges Audrey Residency.
The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.