About The Play
You could say that life gets a little weird for precocious 13-year-old Bo-Nita when she winds up with a dead ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos and a dash of Midwestern magical realism, this wild one-woman, seven-character adventure follows a mother and daughter’s elaborate plan to try to hold their dysfunctional family together.
"Bo-Nita is a wild ride, no doubt about it, but one definitely worth taking."
“A lively and fun production...Weagant gives a vivid and distinct life to each of the seven characters she plays."
"...a quick-change performance worthy of the late Robin Williams... It takes audiences on a wild ride... It's a brilliant performance.”
- Your Observer
"I’d call it the performance of a lifetime. But the talented Weagant is just starting out. And I’m sure there’ll be many more.
“Terri Weagant absolutely illuminates the stage...Not a lot of actors can pull off this kind of acting... If you want to see some fine acting and come away feeling in awe of what you just witnessed, Bo-Nita is the play for you."
About The Playwright
Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright. Her full-length play, Bo-Nita, received a 2014 Edgarton New Play Award from TCG and premiere productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage; where it was developed at the JAW Festival of New Plays. Her most recent work, Portugal, received a 2016 Holland New Voices Playwright Award and a MainStage reading at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. The play has been developed through the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, ACT Theatre Playwrights Circle, and the Seattle Rep Writers Group Showcase of New Work. Her play, The Weatherman Project (with Kit Bakke), was part of the Seattle Rep’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013, and the Hollins Playwrights Festival in Roanoke, Virginia the following July. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which received ACT Theatre’s New Play Award and a world premiere production at ACT Theatre in 2006. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and included in the anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka. She has written work locally for 14/48:The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Annex Theatre, One Reel Productions, and New City Theatre, among others. She is a Staff Writer for Sandbox Radio Live, and her radio plays can be heard by downloading them from iTunes or Stitcher. Elizabeth has received grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, and a fellowship from Artists Trust/Washington State Arts Commission. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she has spent 6 seasons working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces. She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwrights Lab.
About The Performer
Terri Weagant is an award-winning actor, writer, director producer and dialect coach based in Brooklyn, NY. In NYC, she was last seen in the Play On Shakespeare Festival with Classic Stage Company and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Terri received a Handy Award for her portrayal of Norma McCorvey (aka ROE) in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of ROE. She has performed in the US, Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic. Regionally, she has worked with such companies as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Denizen Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Annex Theatre, ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, CHAC, Empty Space, Balagan Theatre, Centerstage, Hypnogogia and Consolidated Works. She is also a cabaret performer and created Balagan Theatre’s late-night cabaret SCHMORGASBORG. On screen she was seen in the Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle; and the films A Jazzman’s Jazzman and How to Get Laid. Terri is a producer of the documentary film Above the Bamboo Room, which will premiere in 2019. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA), where she also served on the faculty for 6 years.
Summer Wallace is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, FL. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Regional credits include, Asolo Rep, Mad Cow Theatre, Broward Stage Door, Lagniappe Theatre, and Cumberland County Playhouse. and has toured the country playing blue grass music. Summer earned her MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, class of 2012. As a teaching artist, Summer has worked with Manatee School for the Arts, IMG academy, Riverview High School, New College of Florida, Cumberland Co. Playhouse, and has a deep passion for instilling the sense of play, imagination, and purpose using the medium of acting.
About The Co-Director
Born and raised in Colorado, Kirstin Franklin is an actor, director, playwright and educator based in Chicago, IL. She has been a professional theatre maker for over 15 years, performing
and directing in regional theatres across the country from Minneapolis to New York City. She has also taught a broad range of theatre classes at various colleges throughout Chicago and has led students abroad to study theatre in London. Kirstin holds a BA in theatre from St. Olaf College and an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Kirstin is the Co-Artistic Director of Akvavit Theatre.