Tacoma Arts Live’s Professional Regional Theater Production GROUNDED

Tacoma Arts Live’s
Professional Regional Theater Production
Powerful Show Speaks
to Female Service Members
in Pierce County,
Home to 86,000 Veterans
Eight Shows at Theatre on the Square
February 17 – March 6
Lacey Wright, Associate Executive Director | laceyw@tacomaartslive.org | 253.376.1570
TACOMA, WASH.— Tacoma Arts Live’s Regional Theater Program’s production’s powerful one-woman show speaks to female service members in Pierce County, which is home to 86,000 Veterans. GROUNDED by George Brant will open for a preview night on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m., plus seven additional performances between February 18 – March 6 at Tacoma’s Theater on the Square. This play is an example of theater which can be moving, edgy, and thought-provoking, while maintaining a safe and supportive environment. Tickets start at $19 and are on sale now.
GROUNDED seamlessly blends the personal and the professional in the story of a female Air Force pilot whose career in the sky ends after she becomes pregnant with her first child. When she returns to active duty, she is reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas and she must learn to navigate the intersection of wartime and home life. By day she hunts terrorists and then returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. A tour de force one-woman play, GROUNDED soars from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, targeting our assumptions about war and family through the power of storytelling.
GROUNDED will be performed by Samantha Chung in her acting debut with Tacoma Arts Live on the cusp of Black History and Women’s History Months. She is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, an actor, and theatre maker with a current focus on learning more about anti-racist and trauma-informed artistic practices. Chung is the founder and visionary behind empathos company, an independent theatre company based in Tacoma. Chung’s anti-racist ethos is to center historically excluded people, specifically Global Majority folx, with projects that dismantle what has been the accepted narrative of the United States.
The Pacific Northwest professional cast and crew includes:
  • Samantha Chung (she/her), Pilot
  • Brett Carr, Director
  • Eric Clausell, Associate Director
  • Serena Berry, Stage Manager
  • Monique Otter-Johnson, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman, Intimacy Choreographer
  • Lex Marcos, Scenic Design
  • Matthew Lawrence, Lighting and Visual Design
  • Ryan Coleman, Sound Design
  • Kim Izenman, Charge Artist
  • Chris Berryman, Lead Carpenter
  • Amanda Rae, Company Manager
  • Nick Shellman, Assistant Director of Operations
  • Brett Carr, Co-Producing Artistic Director
  • David Fischer, Co-Producing Artistic Director
GROUNDED won the National New Play Network’s 2012 Smith Prize, which honors a new play on American politics and also a Fringe First award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
George Brant is a native of Illinois and a graduate of Northwestern University. His plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other Name, Defiant, Dark Room, Miracle: A Tragedy, Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome Hoboes, All Talk, One Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime.
Tacoma Arts Live’s Professional Regional Theater Program intends to produce a season of great plays with a conscience, engage empathy, challenge complacency, and inspire audiences to live in thoughtful inquiry. Each play is carefully chosen with the support of the Theater Angels and Theater Cohorts group.
Tickets to GROUNDED are $19, $29, and $39 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call Tacoma Arts Live Box Office at 253.346.1721, visit in person at Tacoma Armory – 1001 S Yakima Ave., or online at www.TacomaArtsLive.org.
GROUNDED is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are timeless masterpieces. Whether you have seen them in person or not, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will allow you to immerse yourself in the art from a new perspective in an innovative and unique way.

The exhibition’s museum-quality, nearlife-size photographic reproductions of the iconic master’s frescoes were created with special expertise and care using state-of-the-art technology. To help people engage with and comprehend the artwork, the paintings are displayed on 16-foot panels in 34 parts.

As you observe the artwork, you will be overwhelmed by its dimensions, your closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibition. You’ll be able to explore the scenes, including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, at a close distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.

“We are thrilled to serve as the only Washington state venue for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” said David Fischer, executive director of Broadway Center. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from near and far to the awe-inspiring experience of viewing larger-than-life reproductions of these beloved works in an up-close and intimate way.”

The exhibit debuts on Sept. 21 at the historic Tacoma Armory at 715 S. 11th St. and runs through Oct. 14 (dark Mondays and Tuesdays). An optional audio guide with narrative accompaniment will be available in four languages. Advance tickets are on sale at broadwaycenter.org, in person at the Broadway Center box office at 901 Broadway, or by phone at 253.591.5894. Same-day tickets will be available for sale at the Armory.

A special launch party will take place on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.


Adonis Puentes – Bridging Music Cultures

Born into a musical family in Cuba, Adonis Puentes began playing guitar at the age of 6. By the time he was 14, the virtuoso was singing and writing his own music. Nominated for a Juno Award and a Latin Grammy, the singer/songwriter became a great Cuban Sonero very early in life. Sonero is the top honor for a Latin performer and one that Puentes holds dear to his heart.

“I’m a messenger of my Cuban heritage and tradition,” says Puentes, who has traveled to Cuba many times to cultivate those roots. He describes his music as “fusion with Cuban roots.” This is a deep and abiding heritage, he says, especially the síncopa—that fusion between the African and Spanish cultures.

His 2014 album Sabor A Café certainly exudes a Latin flavor with a hint of Afro jazz. Each song reaches the soul with lyrics about heartbreak, forgiveness and even love that endures. During a performance, you will find it difficult to sit still as these original compositions and rhythms lure you to your feet.

“Watching Adonis perform live is a remarkable experience,” says David Fischer, executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma. “He is a performer of vibrant energy, combining the many layers and musical style of Buena Vista Social Club, with the charisma of Desi Arnaz. On stage with the all-acoustic voice of Cuba Orchestra, his voice mingles with the piano, bass, horns, and guitar, creating this vibrant, rich, unforgettable sound. It’s fantastic!”

With his goal to bridge generations and culture, Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra is one performance you won’t want to miss. They will perform at the Rialto Theater on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit broadwaycenter.org.


by: Laurie Miller