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 Grounded

by George brant
Directed by M. Bevin O’gara

April 21 - May 5, 2019

An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot's career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.

 

Cast

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KATE MacCLUGGAGE (The Pilot) At The Kitchen: Ironbound. NY Theater: The Farnsworth Invention (Broadway); The 39 Steps (Off-B'way); Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse); The Merchant of Veniceand Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience); In Quietness by Anna Moench (Dutch Kills); Primal Play by Krista Knight (New Georges); Three Sisters (The Assembly). Regional: Hartford Stage, Denver Center, Syracuse Stage, Long Wharf, McCarter, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Westport Country Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Portland Center Stage, Chautauqua Theater Company. TV: "TURN: Washington's Spies" (AMC); "Law & Order: SVU", "Chicago Justice" (NBC); "The Knick" (Cinemax); "Red Oaks" (Amazon); "Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack" (TruTV) Awkwardly (web series on Vimeo). Kate is the voice of Ella Sunshine on the Fall of the House of Sunshine Brushtown Stories podcast from writer Jonathan A. Goldberg. Upcoming: supporting lead in The Magnificent Meyersons, an indie film from writer/director Evan Oppenheimer. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting, BA: Wesleyan University. katemaccluggage.com

 

Creative Team

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GEORGE BRANT (Playwright): George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other Name, Defiant, Dark Room, and One Hand Clapping. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwright’s Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by The Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, Milwaukee Repertory, the Studio Theatre, City Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre and Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, among others. He has received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton New Play Award, a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, three OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature. He has been awarded writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Michener Center for Writers. He is a graduate of the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.

 
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M. BEVIN O'GARA (Director) is Producing Artistic Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include The Who & The What by Ayad Ahktar,  Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future PerfectTribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company;  Brahman/iChronicles of Kalki, You for Me for YouLove Person, and The Pain and the Itch with Company One Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company; Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company; How Soft the Lining and Translations with Bad Habit Productions; Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; 2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre; and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.

 
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DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic/Lighting Designer) KTC: 19 shows in seven seasons. Grounded marks David’s 20th production. Favorite KTC productions include: IronboundSex with StrangersPeter and the Starcatcher, Call Me WaldoThe Whipping ManMary's WeddingSeminar, and A Body of Water. Select NYC: A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row), Education (59e59), and Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company, Dir. John Doyle). International: English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Regional: Kennedy Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, among others. Broadway (Associate): Les Liaisons DangereusesThe Color Purple (revival, also London and US National Tour), King Charles IIIConstellations, and Disaster! He is the recipient of the 2017 Norma Fire Emerging Artist Award. Member: United Scenic Artists 829. Education: Ithaca College.

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LESLEY LISA GREENE (Sound Designer) is the Kitchen Theatre's Associate Producing Director. Sound & projection designs at the Kitchen include The Roommate, Ironbound, Hand to God, Mary's Wedding, The Brothers Size, The Whipping Man, and many others. She has composed ten musicals for family audiences with collaborator Rachel Lampert, including Emmett & Ella: The Puppy Plot, Physics Fair, and Winter Tales, and she has been an actor and musician for many Theatre for All Ages productions. She is a co-founder and organizer of Porchfest, a music festival held on the porches of the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods since 2007.

 
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ARI HERZIG (Projections) has designed projections/video for ArtsEmerson (Kiss, Mala, Sugar), Speakeasy Stage Company (The Bridges of Madison County, Tribes), Revels Inc. (Christmas Revels 2016), Lyric Stage Company (Fast Company, Dear ElizabethChinglish), New Repertory Theatre (The Snow Queen), Poets' Theatre (Albatross), and the Huntington Theatre Company (Ryan Landry's M).  They received an IRNE award for Projection Design for a Small Stage in 2016 for Albatross at the New Repertory Theatre.   Ari works as the Lighting and Projection Supervisor for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College.  They graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Design/Technology.  ariherzig.com

 

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