Julie Taymor-Directed Grounded, Starring Anne Hathaway, Extends Off-Broadway

News   Julie Taymor-Directed Grounded, Starring Anne Hathaway, Extends Off-Broadway
The Public Theater has announced that its production of Grounded, George Brant's new Off-Broadway solo play with Academy Award winner "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway and direction by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, will extend through May 24. 

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The award-winning Grounded, in which Hathaway plays a top-gun fighter pilot, began previews April 7 and was originally scheduled to play through May 17. Playing at the Public's Anspacher Theater, opening night is set for April 26. It marks the star's first return to Off-Broadway and the Public Theater stage since 2009.

"Grounded is a brilliant and important play, a meditation on the human and moral costs of our astonishing military technology. This promises to be an unforgettable theatrical event, and an important addition to our national conversation," artistic director Oskar Eustis said in an earlier statement.

The Public has also announced a special Public Forum titled Our Drone War on May 19. The event will bring together a panel of experts, veterans and thinkers including journalist Andrew Cockburn and fighter pilot Dr. Mary "Missy" Cummings to debate and discuss drone warfare. 

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway Photo by Joan Marcus

Brant's solo show Grounded won a Fringe First award at the Edingburgh Festival and had an extended run at London's Gate Theatre; it has toured internationally to critical acclaim. Grounded examines the life of a female fighter pilot in the Middle East whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Following the birth of her son, she finds it increasingly difficult to adjust to family life. 

The production features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Will Pickens, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and original music and soundscapes by Elliot Goldenthal. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 967 7555, online at publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater, located at 425 Lafayette Street.

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