Bob Dreyfuss, Sarah E. Kreps and Hina Shamsi Set for Talk Back After Page 73's GROUNDED, Today
Page 73 Productions, now in its 16th year premiering the next generation of American Playwrights - who have included Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Drama Desk Award winner Sam Hunter, New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award recipient Dan LeFranc, and more - announces a post-show discussion panel on America's drone wars following the January 23rd performance of the New York premiere of George Brant's gripping new play GROUNDED, directed by two-time Obie Award-winning director Ken Rus Schmoll (TELEPHONE, A MAP OF VIRTUE) and starring Hannah Cabell (3C, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS opposite Frank Langella).
Audience members at the January 23rd performance of GROUNDED are invited to attend this post-performance conversation. Michelle Shephard, investigative journalist and author of Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone, will moderate a discussion with panelists including Bob Dreyfuss (The Nation contributing editor), Sarah E. Kreps (author of the forthcoming book Drone Warfare), and Hina Shamsi (Director of the ACLU National Security Project). This panel of experts will discuss current questions on the American military's use of remotely piloted aircraft, a focal point of GROUNDED, and the issues raised by this new type of warfare.
Bob Dreyfuss is an independent, investigative journalist based in Cape May, New Jersey, and New York City specializing in politics and national security. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, and his blog appears daily at TheNation.com. In the past, he has written extensively for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The New Republic, and many other magazines, and he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the PBS Newshour, Fox News, MSNBC, Democracy Now!, and many others. He has traveled widely and reported from Iran, Vietnam, China, and Tanzania. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. He graduated from Columbia University.
Sarah E. Kreps is an assistant professor in the department of government at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011). She received her BA from Harvard University, her MSc from Oxford University, and her PhD from Georgetown University. Before going to graduate school, Dr. Kreps served as an acquisitions and foreign area officer in the United States Air Force. She is the author of the forthcoming book Drone Warfare.
Hina Shamsi is director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project, which is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices do not violate the Constitution or the United States' obligations under international law. She is litigating the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government's killing of three U.S. citizens in Yemen in 2011. She has litigated numerous cases relating to post-9/11 torture, unlawful detention, discrimination against racial and religious minorities, and the freedoms of speech and association. Shamsi teaches a Columbia Law School course on international human rights, and has monitored and reported on the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay. She previously directed Human Rights First's Law & Security Program, and also served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
Michelle Shephard (moderator) is an award-winning investigative journalist who has focused on issues of terrorism, security, and civil rights in the twelve years since the 9/11 attacks. Her reporting as The Toronto Star's national security reporter has taken her through Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and 26 times to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In Yemen, she was among the first journalists to examine and question the covert U.S. drone program. Shephard is the author of two books, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone (2011) and Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr (2008). She is currently producing and co-directing two documentaries on Guantanamo detainees that will be released in 2014.
Winner of the 2012 Smith Prize, presented by the National New Play Network to honor a new play that focuses on American politics, GROUNDED is the story of an ace fighter pilot (Cabell) whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. 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. GROUNDED performances are running Off-Broadway through February 1 at Walkerspace (46 Walker Street) in Manhattan. GROUNDED has a runtime of 70 minutes, with no intermission.