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The Public Theater presents a new staging of George Brant's Grounded this April, starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables). This riveting one woman show is an exploration of the morality of drone warfare, with Hathaway playing a drone pilot who begins to suffer physiologically from the monotonous, computer game style attacks she executes. It will be Hathaway's first appearance on the New York stage since she played Viola in a 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night.
With America's use of drones only increasing, Grounded seems even more relevant now than it did when Brant wrote it in 2012. It won a prestigious Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, and had an acclaimed run at New York's TriBeCa Walkerspace a year later. The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater will host the play for this strictly limited six week engagement, with Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, A Midsummer Night's Dream) directing and providing innovative technical and media-driven effects.
She used to soar through the skies in an F-16, but following an unplanned pregnancy an unnamed US fighter pilot is reassigned. She is tasked with controlling drone strikes from a windowless room in a Nevada Army base. The disconnect from the carnage she enacts begins to take a psychological toll, and she finds it increasingly difficult to balance her remote killing by day and her family life at night.
Previews from: 7 April 2015
Opening night: 26 April 2015
Suitable for ages 12+
Approx 70 minutes without intermission
Please note this production contains smoke effects and loud bursts of sound
Written by George Brant
Directed by Julie Taymor
RAW vulnerable Moving
...a brilliant departure from all the Hollywood versions of her talents - it's raw, loud, often vulgar, and always very real.
The Public Theater's Anaspacher Theater makes the perfect setting for this chilling play by George Brant. Intimate, cool and dark, the venue itself stirs up a sense of foreboding long before Ms. Hathaway has even appeared on the stage.Read full review
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