Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
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?
Annie Tippe 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). www.annietippe.com.
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. elizabent.wordpress.com