FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
NEW ORLEANS (November 22, 2016)- Southern Rep Theatre announces it will extend the run of its critically acclaimed current production, the Regional Premiere of George Brant's GROUNDED, at Lower Depths Theatre, Loyola University, New Orleans.
The extension will add an additional three performances to GROUNDED's schedule. Show times for the new performances are Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Thursday's performance is pay what you can.
Pay What You Can tickets are offered at the door only, subject to availability. Advance tickets are regular price.
As always, Southern Rep's standing discounts for seniors, students, teachers, military personnel, theatre professionals, and individuals under 35 are available by calling the box office at (504) 522-6545. Loyola students, faculty, and staff tickets are $8. Returning patrons can see GROUNDED at discounted price of $25; please call box office to reserve.
Southern Rep is proud to be a Blue Star Theatre, a collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families, with leadership support from the MetLife Foundation. This initiative is intended to recognize the contributions of service families, to build stronger connections between the theatre community and military families in communities all across the country, and to help in whatever small way we can to aid service people and their families as they seek to be integrated into the lives of their communities. Each participating Blue Star Theatre offers discounted admission to all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans. For GROUNDED, as for all its Mainstage productions, Southern Rep provides a 30% discount for all members of the military community ($28).
Film & TV actress Kerry Cahill ('The Walking Dead") is available for interviews and media appearances through the run. As a national spokesperson for AMVETS, one of the nation's leading veterans service organizations, Cahill is personally invested in the issues raised in GROUNDED.
She notes, "We're very good at talking about war, and where we are going to send troops, we're not very good at talking about how we're going to take care of them when they get home. And we're getting better at it but it needs to be at a larger scale. So this is a chance to get some discussion of veterans and soldiers and our military on the table when it's not always on the table." She adds, "Modern warfare is having a different effect on our veterans. And the current war that we are in and have been in is something that we haven't seen before and I think the show helps tackle that a little bit."
Kerry Cahill stars as an Air Force pilot whose career is transformed due to her unplanned pregnancy. While yearning for "the blue" of the sky and her fighter jet, she is reallocated to the "Chair Force," piloting a drone that puts the war just a one-hour commute from her husband and daughter in the Nevada suburbs. As the pressure mounts to track a high-profile target, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one where she works.
A deeply intimate portrayal, GROUNDED invites audiences to reflect on the era of drone warfare and surveillance, the mental health of members of the military and veterans, and the unique ways military families grapple with the pressures abroad and at home.
UPDATED LISTING INFORMATION
By George Brant
Directed by Larissa Lury
Featuring Kerry Cahill
Run Time: 80 minutes presented without intermission.
No late seating
REMAINING DATES & TIMES - UPDATED*
Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.
Thursdays - Saturday Performances: 8 p.m.
Sunday Matinées: 3 p.m.
Loyola University Lower Depths Theatre (in the Communications & Music Building)
6363 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118
Individual tickets for regular performances (November 7-December 3) start at $40 and are on sale now. Prices are subject to increase based on demand. Discounts are available for seniors ($35); military personnel, families, and veterans ($28);* patrons 35 and under, theatre professionals, and teachers ($25).
*Southern Rep is a proud member of the Blue Star Theatre network.
Student rush tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door only (based on availability) 10 minutes before each performance with a valid student ID. Cash is appreciated.
Above prices do not include box office fees.
Discounted group sales available - call 504-522-6545
Tickets and more information at www.southernrep.com or 504-522-6545
ABOUT SOUTHERN REP THEATRE
Now in its 30th Season, Southern Rep Theatre produces award-winning productions that are engaging, educational, and accessible for audiences of every socioeconomic background. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes and Managing Director Jenny Windstrup, Southern Rep Theatre's Mainstage Season work includes bold World and Regional Premieres as well as the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and classic plays. Southern Rep Theatre's Lagniappe Series and "School to Stage Pipeline" of Arts Education Programs reflect the company's ongoing commitment to new play development by providing resources for students and burgeoning theatre professionals and supporting a more diverse theatre community. A mainstay of New Orleans' arts community, Southern Rep Theatre continues to build on its unique position as a sector leader, creative force, and important resource for contemporary American theatre.
Southern Rep Theatre's 30th Mainstage season continues at Loyola University with GROUNDED by George Brant (November 2016), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH by Tennessee Williams (March/April 2017), and FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks (June 2017).
Our season is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans; and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.