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Anne Hathaway to Star in Grounded at the Public Theater

The Oscar-winning actress returns to her downtown home this spring.

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will star in the Public Theater production of George Brant's Grounded this spring.

Rumors have been confirmed that Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) will join the Public Theater's 2014-15 downtown season as the star of George Brant's new play Grounded, directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor. The production will have a limited run at the Public's Anspacher Theater from April 7-May 17, with an official press opening on April 23.

Hathaway returns to the Public Theater for the first time since her performance as Viola in the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night.

Grounded tells the story of an ace fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy forces her to leave her airborne career in favor of one operating military drones from a windowless trailer outside the Las Vegas desert. 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. It had its New York premiere in 2013 at Walkerspace via Page 73 Productions, which starred Hannah Cabell and was directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

"Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor are amazing, unique artists, and we are honored to produce them at the Public Theater," said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "Grounded is a brilliant and important play, a meditation on the human and moral costs of our astonishing military technology. This promises to be an unforgettable theatrical event, and an important addition to our national conversation."

The production's creative teams features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Will Pickens, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and original music and soundscapes by Elliot Goldenthal.

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