ON A CLEAR DAY I CAN SEE TO ELBA
by Eliza Bent
directed by Knud Adams
Tuesday, October 3 | 2pm
Linda Gross Theater | 336 West 20th Street
Poetic, personal, and chock full of puns, On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba takes on the solipsism of love, the maddening aspects of intimacy, and the curious nature of self-hood within a relationship. Lambrusco, Queen, and geraniums populate the ongoings in Bent’s two-hander. ELBA ultimately asks: What is the nature of self-actualization within a couple?
ELIZA BENT (Playwright) is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a SPACE on Ryder Farm Working Farm resident writer, a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Target Margin Institute Fellow, the recipient of an LMCC Process Space grant and US Embassy of Iceland grant. Bent is currently a New Georges Audrey Residency artist for her play Bonnie’s Last Flight, a resident playwright at the Abingdon Theatre and is an alum of Project Y Playwright’s Group and TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group. Her plays have been developed and performed at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, a performer with the Obie-award winning company Half Straddle, and an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.
KNUD ADAMS (Director) directed last year’s public workshop of Eliza Bent’s On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba at The New Ohio. Recent productions: Justin Kuritzkes’ Asshole (JACK), Torrey Townsend’s The Workshop (softFocus), Julia Jarcho’s Every Angel is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb), Celine Song’s Tom & Eliza (JACK), Max Posner’s Snore (Juilliard), Carl Holder’s An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary (The New Ohio), Jen Silverman’s That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her (U. of Rochester), Jenny Schwartz’s Krazytown (NYU), Daniel Kramer’s My Jane and Annie Baker’s Body Awareness (Chester Theatre Company), and Nick Jones’ Salome of the Moon (Waterwell). He trained by assisting some of the nation’s foremost theater artists: André Gregory, Elizabeth LeCompte, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, Sarah Benson, and Rachel Chavkin. Knud has developed new work with dozens of theaters throughout NYC and regionally, including NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The New Group, The Bushwick Starr, Playwrights Realm, P73, and Ars Nova. Drama League Alum, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident.