GROUNDED by George Brant Buena Stage @ Pride Arts Center 4147 N Broadway Chicago, IL October 21 - November 6 Tickets available soon
GROUNDED, by George Brant, is the story of a female Air Force pilot who is grounded after becoming pregnant with her first child. When she returns to duty, she is reassigned from fighter jets to drones and must learn to navigate the intersection of wartime and home life. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.
GROUNDED will be performed by Amber Kelly and directed by Lexi Saunders. Amber was last seen onstage in Another Kind of Love: A Punk Rock Play with InFusion Theater Company and is represented by Lily’s Talent. Some of her previous roles include Cate in Blasted, Dottie in Killer Joe, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries. Lexi Saunders has recently worked with Steppenwolf, Oracle, Steep, About Face, Mudlark, Pride Films and Plays, and was selected for the inaugural Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative for emerging Chicago directors. In addition, Rachel Flesher will be part of the rehearsal process employing her new technique of tramaturgy. Just as a fight director assures the physical well-being of the actor by putting safety elements into the moves of a fight, the traumaturg assures the emotional well-being of the actor by helping her navigate through the mental and physical landscape of a traumatic scene, while instilling safety using techniques that protect the actor’s mental well being.
"AN UNKNOWN COMPELLING FORCE" - a play about death with a life of it's own
FACT: In 1959 ten adventure skiers set out on an expedition. One turned around after two days, the other nine never made it back.
Their tent was found cut open from the inside. The group had fled, leaving everything behind including their clothes and shoes. The first five were found and their cause of death was determined as hypothermia. Months later, after the thaw began, the other four were found. Two had crushed ribs, one had a crushed skull and one was missing her tongue.
The investigators could only determine their cause of death as “an unknown compelling force,” and the case was closed. This audience opens it again.
FRAY: "an unknown compelling force" is written with several branches in the story, each chosen by the audience. It is a “choose your own adventure play.”
It begins at the end, with what we know. The rest is up to you.