Shá Cage in Grounded
She’s a U.S. fighter pilot in Iraq who has a love of flying. Then a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and grounded. She is given a desk job, piloting drones. Instead of the freedom of the air, she’s now very obviously a part of the military machine. She spends a significant period of time tracking an Osama bin Laden-like terrorist leader, but once she’s finally targeted him, the decision to push the button becomes more complicated.
“It’s such a great intersection of the personal and the political,” says Wendy Knox, the artistic director of Frank Theatre, who worked for more than a year to get rights to George Brant’s one-woman play Grounded. Now that she’s got the rights, she’s cast Shá Cage, whom Knox calls a “powerhouse actor.” And in retrospect, the play is as timely and relevant as ever.
“The fever around Iraq and Afghanistan had faded a bit, but now we’re back at it,” Knox says. Oct. 31– Nov. 23.
The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-724-3760, franktheatre.org