Grounded: 1) The Play and 2) The Conversation
What do you know about drone warfare?
Have you gotten your tickets for Grounded? This one-woman drama opens at Northern Stage on March 15. It is the story of a fighter pilot who is "grounded" due to her pregnancy and forced to do her job using drones. She must trade the infinite expanse of blue skies for a small rectangle of computer screen. For 12 hours a day.
In connection with this show, Northern Stage is hosting a conversation with Daniel Benjamin on Sunday, March 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Benjamin is an author and a former journalist at Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He served in the Bill Clinton White House, and was the principal advisor on counterterrorism to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Benjamin is now the Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. His presentation is free and open to the public.
If you are less than clear (isn't that most, if not all, of us?) about how modern warfare is carried out, and what drones and other new technologies have brought to the table, Benjamin stands ready to speak about the "challenges and complexities in today's American military." You can bring your questions. Northern Stage is offering this double opportunity to learn more. Grounded will supply the drama, the conversation with Benjamin will bring a real-world and informed perspective.
For more information about Daniel Benjamin and the March 26 lecture, please click here. Grounded will run from March 15 through April 2. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the upcoming production, you can access Northern Stage's website here. Box office: 802-296-7000.
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