The 2016 Lucille Lortel Award-winning play, “Grounded,” a contemporary drama about a US Air Force fighter pilot who is grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, from July 11 through July 29.
Written by George Brant, the play also earned a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Playing the role of The Pilot in the solo production is Elizabeth Stahlmann, a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama. Director is Liz Diamond, chair of Yale School of Drama’s Directing department and resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre.
“With the quiet stealth and precision of a Predator drone, George Brant’s ‘Grounded’ examines up close the moral cost of modern warfare,” said Diamond. “At the heart of the play is the Pilot, a vibrant, gutsy young woman whose spirit is shattered by her experience at the controls of a military drone. This role requires an actor with all the ‘right stuff’ of a fighter pilot and more - tremendous emotional range, warmth, and wit - Elizabeth Stahlmann, our Pilot, has it all.
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.