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 show that demonstrates what it means to have hope and resilience, along with a great sense of humor. Join us as intellectually gifted and hilariously imaginative 13-year-old, Bo-Nita, learns life’s lessons while observing the behaviors of those around her, for better or for worse."
WINNER OF THE 2019
Best Storytelling Show Award
United Solo Festival NYC
"This play has some of the smartest, loopiest writing I’ve heard in a contemporary stage-work in a long time, with an acerbic undercurrent of social commentary; but it takes an extraordinarily versatile and nimble actress to dart from one of these characters to another to another, even making them have conversations in various voices, while always keeping brave, resilient, resourceful, highly observant, wistful, goofy Bo-Nita at the center of our focus."
-Hudson Valley One
"She is so fearlessly physical, emotionally committed and creatively engaged with the story and the audience you will have a hard time recalling a more thoroughly compelling one-person show. I thought of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg’s shows of the ‘80’s and they don’t come close to what Weagant achieves here."
"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 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. She performed Bo-Nita as part of the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC (the world's largest solo performance festival) where she was awarded Best Storytelling Show for her work. In NYC, she was also 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 2020. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA), where she also served on the faculty for 6 years. She has also taught with Brooklyn College and NYU's The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. More information available at www.terriweagant.com
About The Producer
Summer Wallace Summer Wallace is an actor, director, producer, teaching artist based in Sarasota, FL. Regional credits include: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, Dog Day’s Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Stage Door Theatre, Lagniappe Theatre, Playwrights Center, Theatre Lab, Theatre Odyssey, and the list goes on. Recent projects include directing/producing Bo-Nita as part of the 2019 United Solo Festival, Urbanite Theatre’s Modern Works Festival, directing Daisy Violet & the Bitch Beast King with New College of Florida and producer on the film Fear of Rain. Summer is a proud member of AEA, Sag-Aftra, Co-Artistic Director of Urbanite Theatre and founder of Two Chicks Productions. She is also a Guest Teaching Artist at the MFA FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Acting Training.
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