“Grounded,” the new one-woman play at the Gamm Theatre, examines how remotely-waged warfare may not be such a great idea vis-à-vis humanity, the soul, etc.
The personal and the political are indistinguishable in American playwright George Brant’s gripping one-woman play about a hot-rod fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Reassigned to fly remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from a windowless, air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, “The Pilot” hunts terrorists by day and goes home to her family at night. But what happens when the boundaries blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols? Suspenseful and searing, beautiful and blistering, Brant’s multi-award-winning new play explodes our assumptions about modern warfare and unapologetically tells a story of our times.
Photo of Liz Hayes as “The Pilot” taken by Peter Goldberg. Directed by Judith Swift.
Runs through September 28, Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket