Tacoma Arts Live’s Professional Regional Theater Production GROUNDED

Tacoma Arts Live’s
Professional Regional Theater Production
GROUNDED –
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
MEDIA CONTACT:
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:
ARTISTIC TEAM:
  • 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
PRODUCTION TEAM:
  • Lex Marcos, Scenic Design
  • Matthew Lawrence, Lighting and Visual Design
  • Ryan Coleman, Sound Design
  • Kim Izenman, Charge Artist
  • Chris Berryman, Lead Carpenter
TACOMA ARTS LIVE TEAM:
  • 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.

Indigenous Performance Productions receives $100,000 grant     

Indigenous Performance Productions is pleased to announce they have been recommended to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Indigenous Performance Productions is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Indigenous Performance Productions rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

“We are humbled by this investment in our organization and give thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their belief in the power and transformation that storytelling can foment. This award marks a transformational moment for Indigenous Performance Productions and will increase our ability to remove barriers for and create sustainability for Indigenous performing artists nationwide and help to make the south Salish Sea a center for the development of new performances,” said Andre Bouchard, Executive Creative Producer and Founder of indigenous Performance Productions. “We give thanks to our supporters in the south Salish Sea and beyond, our partner artists and the venues across the country who have invested in our organization and our artist’s growth over the last six years.”

Indigenous Performance Production plans to use funds in support of their vision of creating equity and opportunity for Indigenous performance artists through live and virtual performance opportunities that amplify the Indigenous experience and perspective. In pursuit of this vision, Indigenous Performance Productions will allocate NEA grant funds towards increasing organizational capacity as to expand the community of Indigenous artists they serve as well as providing artists with enhanced opportunities for live and virtual performance and community outreach engagements. 

Performance engagements will include nation-wide opportunities across partnering venues as well as fullscale productions that bring together seminal Indigenous artists around themes of social significance to Indigenous communities.Indigenous Performance Productions will launch three new full-scale Indigenous productions with the help of the NEA grant include: Julia Keefe’s Native American Big Band (premiering May 20, 2022); ); the Native American Comedy Project (final name TBD, premiering November 5, 2022), and The Aunties, a storytelling project celebrating Native matriarchs (premiering November 18, 2022.) Through the support of the NEA grant, Indigenous Performance Productions expects to increase its impact and influence throughout Indigenous and BIPOC communities while creating enduring partnerships with allies within our communities.

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA was provided $135 million for the arts sector. The funding for organizations is the third installment providing more than $57.7 million for arts organizations. For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of arts

organizations funded in this announcement, visit   www.arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-planFor upcoming performances visit: www.indigenousperformance.org