Photo Flash: First Look at GROUNDED at Westport Country Playhouse
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, now through July 29. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Elizabeth Stahlmann in action below!
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.
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.
"Grounded" has received over 100 productions in 18 different countries and has been translated into nine languages. Named a "Top 10 London Play of 2013" by both The Guardian and Evening Standard, "Grounded" 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.
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.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg