When: Thu., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20 2015
SONOROUS ROAD PRODUCTIONS, RALEIGH
THURSDAY, DEC. 10–SUNDAY, DEC. 20
In George Brant's suspenseful one-person show, a fighter pilot grounded by pregnancy is transferred to the "Chair Force" and finds that the daily segue between her suburban family and high-stakes drone warfare is changing her in unexpected ways. Three years after its debut, Grounded remains frustratingly relevant. The U.S. military asserted that the use of armed drones would reduce the dangers pilots face in combat. But a 2013 study found that drone pilots experience high stress and fatigue, and suffer the same rate of post-traumatic mental health disorders as those in the cockpit. In January, the secretary of the Air Force admitted that drone pilots were stressed, logging four times as many hours as their airborne peers. Burning Coal Theatre Company's Jerome Davis directs Sonorous Road founder Michelle Murray Wells.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 10–12 and 18–19; 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20,
$14–$22, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, 919-803-3798,
www.sonorousroad.com. —Byron Woods