George Brant's


February 6 - 22
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay


A hot-shot F-16 fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. After she gives birth she is reassigned to the “chair force,” piloting military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas. Now she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family at night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, her boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. 

Grounded is a critically important new play that weighs in on the effects of American drone policy on military personnel, women in the military, and motherhood and career.

Grounded is an intimate portrait of one woman warrior fighting America’s new war.


Age recommendation: 16+ (Strong language, Adult Themes)
Run time: 75 mins
Show Location: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Centre Firebay



Grounded was named a Top 10 London Play of 2013 by both the London Evening Standard and the Guardian.

“Five Stars. Outstanding.” – London Evening Standard

“If every play I see this year is as strong and effective as Grounded, then 2014 is going to make me one happy little reviewer.” – Theatre is Easy

Grounded is a heartbreaking, beautiful, necessary and perfectly-structured solo drama … an essential story for our times.” – The Scotsman

“Gripping…presents a convincing portrait” –  The New York Times

“As close to perfection as is possible to imagine…Grounded is a powerful, hallucinogenic experience.” – What’s On Stage

“Critic’s Pick. A scorching sharp-eyed, timely script…lets no one off easy…clap all you want at the end of the play—and you’ll want to clap a lot—but the game stays with you” –  Time Out New York

“I was blown away…don’t miss it” – The Nation

“Thought provoking, thoroughly engrossing…pulses with the rhythms of an epic war poem” – TheatreMania

“A stratospheric level of theatrical intensity.” – The Telegraph

“Theatre at its most powerful and relevant.” – A Younger Theatre

“Four stars…compelling” – Financial Times

“Explodes with sound and vision in a quietly political piece of work” – Herald Scotland

“Must be seen…a play with a political point, but told with such depth and feeling that it becomes a thing of beauty.” –  Fringe Review

“A brilliant, dazzling play.” – Conservative Home

“Powerful, never preachy, a must-see.” – Arizona Daily Star

“Offers a rare and precious experience: theatre that is both soul searing and core shaking.” – New York Theatre Review



The Smith Prize
NNPN Rolling World Premiere
Scotsman Fringe First Award
British Council Recommendation
Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production of 2013
Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Drama of 2013
Short-listed for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama
Short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award