Grounded to Open at Westport Country Playhouse
George Brant's acclaimed solo play will receive a summer mounting in Connecticut.
The story is described as follows: "In Grounded, an ace F-16 fighter pilot finds her world flipped from top gun to top mom when an unexpected pregnancy results in her being grounded. Reassigned to the "chair force" as a drone pilot near Las Vegas, the realities of war and suburban comfort collide. The story offers a glimpse into one soldier's struggle to define herself in the modern world."
Playing the role of the Pilot will be Elizabeth Stahlmann. She has appeared at Yale University in Clybourne Park and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In New York, she has performed with the Acting Company and her regional theater credits include the Guthrie Theater, Provincetown's Tennessee Williams Festival, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), who also designed the off-Broadway production of Grounded, Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Solomon Weisbard (lighting design), and Kate Marvin (sound design).
Grounded has received over 100 productions in 18 different countries and has been translated into nine languages. The piece has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to be adapted into an opera with music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, and is being developed into a feature film starring Anne Hathaway, who starred in the 2015 off-Broadway production at the Public Theater.