Anne Hathaway has signed on to star in George Brant’s Grounded—a one-woman show about a fighter pilot whose pregnancy forces her out of the cockpit—at New York’s famed Public Theater this spring. The play will begin performances on April 7 for a strictly limited engagement through May 17.
Directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King), the play tells the story of an unnamed ace pilot who, upon learning of an unexpected pregnancy, is reassigned to piloting military drones from the ground in Las Vegas, where she struggles to balance hunting terrorists by day and family life at night.
Brant’s monologue—which offers topical commentary on drone use and moral responsibility— won the 2012 Smith Prize for Political Theater, as well as the Fringe First award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. Hannah Cabell starred in a New York production of the play in January 2014 at TriBeCa’s Walkerspace. The piece has also been performed numerous times in the States, the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Sweden.
The Public’s production of Grounded will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Will Pickens, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and music/soundscapes by Elliot Goldenthal.