GROUNDED

From 02/01/2018 to 02/24/2018 at

Run time: 85 minutes. No intermission.
Recommended for ages 16 and older

Synopsis

In GROUNDED, a hotshot fighter pilot finds her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a “desk job,” she fights a war by day, and then returns to her family and her daughter’s pink ponies by night. As she operates drones in Afghanistan remotely from a windowless trailer outside of Las Vegas, her life in the desert begins to collide with the desert she is patrolling on the other side of the world. This compelling and searing look at moral responsibility, contradictory choices and modern warfare seamlessly blends the personal and the political as it explodes our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.

GROUNDED is performed by Audrey Park, whose roles include the title role in Ten Thousand Things’ recent production of ELECTRA, Pillsbury House Theatre’s THE GREAT DIVIDE; PLAYS FOR A BROKEN NATION, Yuet/Susan in THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN at History Theatre, Junhee in Mu’s YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, as well as numerous other productions with Mu.

GROUNDED was the winner of the 2012 Smith Prize and was named as a Top Ten Play of 2013 by both the Guardian and the London Evening Standard. Frank Theatre staged GROUNDED to great acclaim in 2014. Featuring Audrey Park as the solo performer, GROUNDED will tour Greater Minnesota in February, with a two-week run in the Twin Cities at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Feb. 8 – 18.

Performances
Tickets for performances at Reif Center, Zeitgeist Arts Café, and Rochester Civic Theatre must be purchased on their websites. Purchase tickets for Perpich Center for the Arts shows here.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30pm   OPENING PERFORMANCE
Reif Center, 720 NW Conifer Dr, Grand Rapids, MN

Friday, Feb. 2, 7pm
Zeitgeist Arts Café, 222 Superior Street, Duluth, MN

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2pm
Zeitgeist Arts Café, 222 Superior Street, Duluth, MN

Thursday, Feb. 8, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Friday, Feb. 9, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2pm   POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Thursday, Feb. 15, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Friday, Feb. 16, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Saturday, Feb. 17, 8pm
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2pm   POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION
Perpich Center for the Arts, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7pm   FINAL PERFORMANCE
Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester, MN

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Ticket cost: $25—General Admission; $20—Student, Senior (valid ID/seniors 62+), or Military (active or retired)

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The reviews are in.

Reviews of Frank’s 2014 production:

“Knox’s restraint and trust — in the material, in performer … and in her audiences to go along with the story — is an act of bravery … it’s a worthwhile flight.” – Pioneer Press

“As always with Knox, Grounded exhibits intelligence and play-driving focus. Her designers – Joseph Stanley (sets), Michael Kittel (lights), Kathy Kohl (costumes) and Michael Croswell (sound), do terrific work … Their production is clean and focused …. the story is terrific. Anything Frank Theatre does is worth a look.”  howwastheshow.com