Milwaukee Repertory Theater Presents “Grounded” Feb 22-April 2



January 25, 2017- [Milwaukee] Milwaukee Repertory Theater  presents the riveting new play, Grounded, by George Brant in the Stiemke Studio, February 22 – April 2, 2017.   This palpitating one-woman show features Jessie Fisher whose credits include Girl in Broadway’s Once and most recently Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Constellations and Of Mice and Men.  Directed by Milwaukee native Laura Braza (Artistic Director of Attic Theater Company, NY), Grounded tells the tale of an ace fighter pilot who finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold. When she returns to the pilot’s seat, she finds that she’s now part of the “chair force,” flying drones and dropping bombs on enemy combatants in Afghanistan from the comfort of an air conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. She may find hunting terrorists by day and being a mother by night her toughest assignment yet.


Written by award-winning playwright George Brant (Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta), Grounded features direction from Milwaukee native Laura Braza (Strictly Dishonorable, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Attic Theater Company), scenic design by Scott Davis (The Royale, Liberace!), costume design by Leslie Vaglica (Three Decembers at Florentine Opera Company), lighting design by Noele Stollmack (McGuire), and sound design by Megan B. Henninger (Man of La Mancha).


For the run of Grounded, Milwaukee Rep has partnered with a variety of veterans’ organizations to create programming aimed at supporting the local veteran community by connecting them with other veterans and resources, as well as connecting the greater Milwaukee community with veterans in a personal and meaningful way.   In addition to panel discussions, TalkBacks and pop-up performances Milwaukee Rep will be collecting food donations for the Wisconsin Homeless Veterans Initiative; patrons can bring non-perishable food items to the lobby of the theater before performances to donate. For each performance of Grounded The Rep will have veterans and volunteer counselors on-site to provide support in order to make the show accessible to all active military personnel and veterans who wish to attend. Milwaukee Rep will also be offering a military discount of 25% off adult tickets to active-duty personnel, veterans and military spouses. Use Code: BLUESTAR to receive discount.


Grounded begins performances February 22 and runs through April 2 in the Stiemke Studio.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street). The Stiemke Studio Season is sponsored by Ed Seaberg and Patrick Smith.  Associate Producers are John and Connie Kordsmeier.  The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.



Grounded is a smart, beautiful bit of writing that mixes our moral responses to war, family and motherhood, and throws them out in all directions. Spunky and funny, Brant’s script is completely absorbing and hard to forget.” – Time Out



Jessie Fisher, The Pilot
Making her Rep debut, Jessie recently returned to Chicago after playing the lead in the musical Once on Broadway.  Chicago credits include: Of Mice and Men, Constellations (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Othello, The Heir Apparent (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Pride, Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t (About Face Theatre), 33 Variations (TimeLine), Frankenstein, Cabaret (They Hypocrites), These Shining Lives (Rivendell Theatre Company) The Original Grease, It’s A Wonderful Life (American Theatre Company) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Chicago Children’s Theatre).  TV Credits: “Boss,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Justice.” Jessie is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and is proud to teach at Black Box Acting Studio.


Laura Braza, Director

Laura, originally from Milwaukee and a Pius XI graduate, now helms the Attic Theater Company in NYC as Artistic Director.  Directing credits for the Attic include Moonchildren, Dark Rapture, Wonderful World, This One Time In Last Chance, The Time of Your Life, The Tutors, The Notebook of Trigorin, Strictly Dishonorable, the dreamer examines his pillow, and On The Verge. Recent directing credits include The Dispute and If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Hangar Theater); Speed-The-Plow, Henry VI Part II, Red Light Winter (UNC School of the Arts); Speed­ the­-Plow, Escape from Happiness, and The Women (NYU), and work at NYMF, Dixon Place, Sam French OOB, and Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage II. Drama League Directors Project Alumnus. Adjunct Faculty, UNCSA. BFA: NYU.


George Brant, Playwright

George’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, and Dark Room. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, the Alley Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, City Theatre, the Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, three OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature.


Grounded Public Performance Calendar

Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change



::Fact Sheet::


February 22 – April 2, 2017: (Opening night Friday, February 24, 8pm) in the Stiemke Studio

Written by George Brant | Directed by Laura Braza | Featuring Jessie Fisher


Talks and Events

Rep-in-Depth: A pre-show conversation with a member of the Grounded artistic team. Rep-in-Depth occurs 45 minutes before curtain for every performance of Grounded.


TalkBacks: a discussion with cast and artistic team following the 7:30pm performance on the following Thursdays: March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, and March 30.


Panel Discussions:  Following each Sunday matinee and Wednesday evening performance starting March 12 join The Rep for a variety of discussions surrounding veterans and the themes of Grounded. Panel topics include: Wisconsin Women in the Military on Sunday, March 12; Stigmas and Stereotypes on Wednesday, March 15; Families at War: What It Means to Be a Parent and Soldier on Wednesday March 22; Healing our Soldiers on Sunday March 26; and The Chair Force: Drone Warfare on Wednesday March 29.


Community Activities: Kickoff The Rep’s month of veteran programming at the War Memorial on Tuesday, March 2 at 7pm with “Vets Light Up the Arts” city-wide veteran’s community organizations will feature short performances and testimonials from local veterans about the influence and power of the arts in their healing and in celebrating their service to our country.  Additionally, following select Thursday performances Pop-up Performances by several veteran arts groups in the Stiemke Studio. Performances include: Feast of Crispian Pop-up Performance on March 14; Youth Storytelling Pop-up Performance on March 21; and “Sniper Kitty” Pop-up Performance on March 28.


For more information on these events and to see a list of panelists, please visit:


Access Services

Audio-Described Performance: Thursday, March 9, 7:30pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm – the show will be signed for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.



Tickets:, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.

Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days, the Ticket Office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.

Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.

35 & Under: Select tickets available for $20 for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)

Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.

Military Discount: 25% off adult tickets to active-duty personnel, veterans, children of active-duty military and military spouses. Use Code: BLUESTAR to receive discount.



“Top notch. A thrilling portrait of future war.”

–          New York Magazine



About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, which featured a World Premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.


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