by George Brant
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An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot’s career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and 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.” – George Brant
This one-woman show examines issues that hit both close to home and that are beyond general comprehension. Though the play suggests the difficulties that exist for working mothers, it is on a much larger scale that we are able to really understand the challenges posed for this particular mother, considering her job. Essentially, we are watching the demise of a woman and a soldier’s mental health as worlds blur, responsibilities prove overwhelming and the pressures of daily life become insurmountable.
She stands, surrounded by nothingness, proudly in uniform. She is a US military fighter pilot and the sky is literally the limit for her. Nothing matters more than the sky.
The beauty of this piece lies in the simplicity of its surrounds in order to let the emotion of the play shine through. Accordingly, I am really interested in working predominately with projections, a single chair and a floor full of sand to represent the blurring of the deserts that she lives and works in. The projections will show everything from maps of her geographical position – due to their importance to her as a pilot – to representations of her internal demise.
I see the role of the pilot being as physically demanding for the actress, as it will be emotionally demanding. I envision moments of complete and dramatic stillness that will then be contrasted with intense physical training – military/boot camp style.
For the actress in the role of the pilot, this play presents a unique opportunity and challenge to delve into a character experiencing so much pain and hardship and have no one else on stage to share that with. This is something unseen at NUTS and in the context of the 2017 shows, I feel is the perfect fit in order to offer something different, powerful and highly emotive.