January 29 - March 1
"Bo-Nita," 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.
Bo-Nita opens at the DENIZEN after its award-winning run this fall at NYC United Solo Festival. At the festival, it was awarded the best in the Storytelling category, a big kudos to this great actor, Terri Weagant, and her wonderful director, Summer Wallace.
Actor Terri Weagant was last seen at the DENIZEN in her solo, smash hit performance of "Every Brilliant Thing." The audience loved Terri so much the show was extended. An award winning actor, writer, and director, Terri awakens the 13-year-old within all of us in her performance of Bo-Nita.
*Contains mature themes of sexual assault & drug use
*Contains adult language.
Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright. Her plays include Bo-Nita, which had its world premiere at Seattle Repertory Theatre, won a TCG Edgerton New Play Award and was recently cited as one of the 7 most memorable theatre events of the past decade by the Seattle Times. Other full-length works include Portugal, which received a 2016 Holland New Voices Award and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which
premiered at ACT Theatre in Seattle, has been subsequently produced around the country and is published by Original Works Publishing. She is a staff writer for Sandbox Radio Live, and has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT’s Young Playwrights Program and Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she also works with incarcerated women on collaborative performance pieces.
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. A huge thank you to the Lipsteins and to Terri!
Terri Weagant is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and dialect coach. She was last seen in NYC United Solo Festival winning the best storytelling award for Bo-Nita. Recipient of a Handy Award for her portrayal of Norma McCorvey (aka ROE) in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production, ROE. She has performed in the US, Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic. She is also a cabaret performer. On screen she has appeared in Mozart in the Jungle; and the films A Jazzman’s Jazzman and How to Get Laid. Terri produced the documentary "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 currently teaches at The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU.