JAW is Portland Center Stage’s developmental festival of new work for the stage. Friday, July 27 at 4pm, JAW will present Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron. The performance is free.
Thirteen year old Bo-Nita waits outside school for her ride. Seemingly to pass the time, she begins telling us about an experience she had which she believes was the only miracle she’s ever seen: her ex-stepfather having a heart attack while trying to molest her. Bo-Nita’s experiences as she navigates a decidedly sketchy family life—a belly-dancing grandmother, a mother who is less than discreet with her sex life, the predatory step-father—are alternately hilarious and heart-breaking, slapstick and searing. Under Heffron’s skillful hand, Bo-Nita is given a genuine and devastatingly engaging voice in this play performed by a single actor.