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Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents GROUNDED


Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the riveting new play, Grounded, by George Brant in the Stiemke Studio, February 22 - April 2, 2017. This palpitating one-woman show features Jessie Fisher whose credits include Girl in Broadway's Once and most recently Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Constellations and Of Mice and Men. Directed by Milwaukee native Laura Braza (Artistic Director of Attic Theater Company, NY), Grounded tells the tale of an ace fighter pilot who finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold. When she returns to the pilot's seat, she finds that she's now part of the "chair force," flying drones and dropping bombs on enemy combatants in Afghanistan from the comfort of an air conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. She may find hunting terrorists by day and being a mother by night her toughest assignment yet.

Written by award-winning playwright George Brant (Elephant's Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta), Grounded features direction from Milwaukee native Laura Braza (Strictly Dishonorable, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Attic Theater Company), scenic design by Scott Davis (The Royale, Liberace!), costume design by Leslie Vaglica (Three Decembers at Florentine Opera Company), lighting design by Noele Stollmack (McGuire), and sound design by Megan B. Henninger (Man of La Mancha).

For the run of Grounded, Milwaukee Rep has partnered with a variety of veterans' organizations to create programming aimed at supporting the local veteran community by connecting them with other veterans and resources, as well as connecting the greater Milwaukee community with veterans in a personal and meaningful way.

In addition to panel discussions, TalkBacks and pop-up performances Milwaukee Rep will be collecting food donations for the Wisconsin Homeless Veterans Initiative; patrons can bring non-perishable food items to the lobby of the theater before performances to donate. For each performance of GroundedThe Rep will have veterans and volunteer counselors on-site to provide support in order to make the show accessible to all active military personnel and veterans who wish to attend. Milwaukee Rep will also be offering a military discount of 25% off adult tickets to active-duty personnel, veterans and military spouses. Use Code: BLUESTAR to receive discount.

Grounded begins performances February 22 and runs through April 2 in the Stiemke Studio. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street). The Stiemke Studio Season is sponsored by Ed Seaberg and PatRick Smith. Associate Producers are John and Connie Kordsmeier. The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.

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