Wild blue yon­der: Theater­work’s Grounded

Pasatiempo - - ACTS RANDOM -

The thrill of be­ing a pi­lot in wartime is what at­tracts some peo­ple to the mil­i­tary. They crave the wide-open skies — and the tar­gets. War might be hell, but it makes you tough. In Grounded, a one-woman show writ­ten by Ge­orge Brandt, a preg­nant Air Force pi­lot has been taken out of the air and sent to a base in Ne­vada to fly drones over a war zone from the safety of a com­puter screen as a mem­ber of the “Chair Force,” killing en­emy sol­diers and civil­ians from thou­sands of miles away. The play ex­plores themes of mod­ern war­fare, in which a sol­dier makes re­mote kills by day and goes home to her fam­ily at night. Grounded, a pro­duc­tion of Theater­work di­rected by David Matthew Olson and star­ring Vanessa Rios y Valles, opens at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, May 22, at the Lan­nan Foun­da­tion Meet­ing House (319 Read St.). Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are Satur­day, May 23, at 7 p.m. and Sun­day, May 24, at 2 p.m. Tick­ets, which are $15, are avail­able at the door; call 505-471-1799 for reser­va­tions. — Jen­nifer Levin

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