After a triumphant opening run at Seattle Rep, Bon-Nita comes to the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage, February 1 – March 16, 2014. Previews don’t begin for more than 60 days but four shows are already sold out and several more have a few tickets remaining. See pcs.org/bonita for details and tickets.
Portland may have a special affection for Bo-Nita. The single actor / many character play was developed at the JAW Playwrights Festival in Portland, July, 2012.
The Oregonian said of Bo-Nita: “… this madcap comedy of mid-American family dysfunction carries dark undertones about the effects of poverty and sexual abuse on a resourceful 13-year-old. Bo-Nita handles such issues with sensitivity — even amid the outlandish characters and situations that had the JAW audience howling with laughter.”
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Elizabeth has both coasts covered tonight with a performance of Mitzi’s Abortion at Hollins University Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia (see review) AND a performance of Bo-Nita at Seattle Rep.
Mitzi’s Abortion was produced in New York and Florida in 2011, Washington DC, July 12-25, 2012, and in Minneapolis, October 19-28, 2012. See reviews. Mitzi’s Abortion, received ACT Theatre’s (Seattle) New Play Award in 2005, and had its world premiere at ACT in 2006.
The magic of Heffron’s writing—and Mootz’s performance and Budraitis’s direction—is its deftness, its ability to slip these bitter questions into a story that is, despite itself, still funny. Bo-Nita, like its title character, is a little miracle. A Grim Caper, by Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Stranger
“Elizabeth Heffron is one of the friendliest playwrights you’ll ever meet. She laughs easily; and when she listens, it’s usually with the attentive, sensitive smile of an experienced mom. Pretty, relaxed, and engaged, she doesn’t seem in any way a troublemaker. But that’s only true if you haven’t seen her plays. “That’s what I was told by a literary manager I met at Hedgebrook,” she says, remembering a recent encounter at the Whidbey Island writers’ colony. “After we read one of my plays, she just looked at me and said, ‘But you seem like such a nice lady.’ ” Read the rest of the story: Seattle Weekly Fall Arts: Elizabeth Heffron. Why a local playwright wants us to consider a rigged economic system.
Post-Play Discussions: October 27, 2 p.m.; October 31, 7:30 p.m.; November 3, 2:00 p.m.; November 6, 2 p.m. SRO Spotlights: Thursday, November 7. 11 a.m. (Meet the artists of Bo-Nita.)
Next, Bo-Nita has a run at Center Stage in Portland, from February 1 – March 16, 2014. If you Tweet it hashtag: #pcs_Bonita
Seattle Rep’s synopsis for Bo-Nita:
Life’s not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos, and a dash of Midwest magic realism, Bo-Nita follows the resourceful exploits of a working class mother-daughter duo determined to stay together—and out of jail. Elizabeth Heffron is a local playwright and alumna of the Rep’s Writers Group. Under her skillful hand, Bo-Nita, is a theatrical coming-of-age tale that is both hilarious and heartbreaking.
(Portugal) is about a pair of tank farm workers, a young couple, and what happens when one of them gets “dosed” by radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation over in eastern Washington. How the company responds. How their family and co-workers respond—and ultimately how this accident changes both of them. The problems over there are so overwhelming and seemingly intractable, and yet people keep doing what they can to try and clean the place up, even in the face of massive technical problems and corporate corruption. I am drawn to this combination of both despair and hope.
…dispose of me…, by Elizabeth Heffron – A young woman and a former step-father figure are reunited after the death of her mother and try to redefine their relationship in the midst of a life-changing event.
Elizabeth’s new radioactive drama, ‘Portugal’, is at Seattle Rep, Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM: A ‘minor’ industrial accident on the tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Eastern Washington changes the lives of four workers forever. Directed by Anita Montgomery. This is the first reading of the full length work-in-progress. Talkback after the reading. Tickets are free but reservations are strongly encouraged. Call the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206-443-2222. This is a presentation of the Seattle Rep Writers Group.