Frank Theatre's GROUNDED featuring Audrey Park as the Pilot
Frank Theatre is thrilled to present a new staging of GROUNDED by George Brant, which the company staged to great acclaim in 2014. Featuring Audrey Park as the solo performer, GROUNDED will tour Greater Minnesota in February, with a two-week run in the Twin Cities at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Feb. 8 - 18. This production is sponsored by the Women Veterans Initiative.
In GROUNDED, a hotshot fighter pilot finds her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a desk job, she fights a war by day, and then returns to her family and her daughters pink ponies by night. As she operates drones in Afghanistan remotely from a windowless trailer outside of Las Vegas, her life in the desert begins to collide with the desert she is patrolling on the other side of the world. This compelling and searing look at moral responsibility, contradictory choices, and modern warfare seamlessly blends the personal and the political as it explodes our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.
Running time approximately 85 minutes. Free parking available.
GROUNDED was the winner of the 2012 Smith Prize and was named as a Top Ten Play of 2013 by both the Guardian and the London Evening Standard. Frank Theatres production of GROUNDED is directed by Artistic Director Wendy Knox, with scenery by Joe Stanley, sound by Mike Croswell, costumes by Kathy Kohl, and lighting by Mike Kittel.
GROUNDED is performed by Audrey Park, whose roles include the title role in Ten Thousand Things recent production of ELECTRA, Pillsbury House Theatres THE GREAT DIVIDE; PLAYS FOR A BROKEN NATION, Yuet/Susan in THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN at History Theatre, Junhee in Mus YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, as well as numerous other productions with Mu.
"Knox's restraint and trust in the material, in performer and in her audiences to go along with the story is an act of bravery it's a worthwhile flight." -- Pioneer Press
"As always with Knox, Grounded exhibits intelligence and play-driving focus. Her designers Joseph Stanley (sets), Michael Kittel (lights), Kathy Kohl (costumes) and Michael Croswell (sound), do terrific work ... Their production is clean and focused . the story is terrific. Anything Frank Theatre does is worth a look." -- howwastheshow.com
George Brant's plays include Grounded, Elephants Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and many others. Brant's work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, The Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Gate Theatre of London, Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have been developed by the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, The Playwrights' Center, Asolo Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, New Harmony Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, among others. His scripts have been awarded a Lucille Lortel Award, the Smith Prize, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production, an Austin Critics Circle Best New Play Award as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre and Theatre 4. He received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, Fisher Verlage and Smith & Kraus.
Perpich Center for Arts Education (View)
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy
Golden Valley, MN 55422
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|