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A Review of Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble’s “Grounded”

A Review of Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble’s “Grounded”

Erica Molfetto | Sep 2, 2014

The Pilot loves the sky.

She loves the adrenaline rush of war, and the evenings spent at the bar with her comrades after a long day of battle.

But when The Pilot becomes pregnant unexpectedly, she faces the harsh reality of life on the ground as she is reassigned from the air force to the “chair force,” operating army drones from half a world away.

The Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble is proud to present “Grounded”, a new play by Cleveland-based playwright George Brant that tackles the overwhelming disparity between love and war.

The one-woman show opens on a blank stage, where the character only known as “The Pilot” grapples with the unexpected pregnancy and the brand-new marriage that bring her career in the skies to a screeching halt.

This personal and political drama illustrates war from the perspective of a once-fearless fighter who spends twelve-hour shifts in an army trailer stationed in the desolate Nevada desert to operate war drones that quietly hover over “the enemy.” 

As the pressure mounts, the desert she patrols and the desert she lives in become almost indistinguishable.

The Pilot is portrayed by Marissa Wolf, an alumna of the Ohio University MFA program. The New York based actress teamed up with The Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble to bring Brant’s “searing” words to life.

The Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble (BMTE) is Southeast Ohio’s own Professional Theatre Company. Ohio University professor Merri Biechler manages this not-for-profit theatre ensemble.

BMTE productions have performed on Ohio’s most distinguished stages such as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The McCarter Theater Center, The Alliance Theater and Victory Gardens Theater. Many BMTE members have written for HBO and ABC and been featured in films such as “Woody Allen’s Radio Days” and television shows including the Emmy award-winning “Law and Order”, “Murphy Brown” and “E.R.”, as well as “Judging Amy”, “Ed”, and “Chappelle’s Show”.

BMTE is comprised of many distinguished Ohio University Division of Theater faculty members and alumni including David Haugen, Shelley Delaney, Dennis Lee Delaney, Rebecca VerNooy, Ledger Free, Brian Evans, Michael Lincoln, Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey.

Audiences are flocking to “Grounded”, which is being performed in the Virginia Hahne Theatre in Kantner Hall Wed., Sept. 3 through Sat., Sept. 6 at 8:00 pm. Thanks to Arts for Ohio, 20 free tickets for Ohio University students will be distributed one hour before each show. Adult tickets are $18 and senior citizens are $14.

To order tickets, please visit

For more information about Grounded or The Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble, please visit

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