Grounded: New Play Explores Drone Pilot's Surreal Dilemma
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San Francisco's annual Bay to Breakers footrace is as famed as its host city for its fun and flamboyant party atmosphere. But writer-performer Heather Marlowe instead endured a horrific experience, as she was drugged and raped at the event. This sharp-witted autobiographical play delves into the aftermath of the assault and the absurdity of the systems set up to deal with that specific crime, even in a supposedly enlightened city like Frisco. The show's director, Berkeley Rep regular Jean-Michele Gregory calls the story "daring and astonishing -- and frequently funny, because part of Marlowe's gift is her ability to find the absurd and the beautiful in the midst of the banal and the horrible." Learn More
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Featured review from Sue T.
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This is a very intense performance in a small (49 seats) space. Lauren English is fabulous, and I thought the play was very well written. Definitely made me aware of issues I hadn't previously given much thought to involving America's modern style of warfare. Very timely given current events.
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I liked the idea of this one woman pilot story and the innovative staging with the direct conversation with the audience and the great multimedia but this show is missing something.. It felt like the actress kept doing the same movements over and...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“The one-woman show, featuring Lauren English, focuses with spare and poetic language on an American pilot, who after finding herself pregnant, becomes a Predator drone operator. Instead of being stationed in the Gulf, she finds herself working from a trailer near Las Vegas—and instead of a years’ long deployment, she comes home to dinner with her husband and daughter every night.” —San Francisco Magazine
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