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. WARNING: Adult Language & Themes.

Grounded by George Brant will play from March 22, 2017 – April 8, 2017 in Bowne's Lab Theatre. Single Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-366-9000 or online by clicking the links.

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This one-woman show steers the audience through the life of a pilot and mother. Grounded explores the social construction of gender bias based on pregnancy and women’s roles in the military and family. The reality of war and motherhood within this play allows the audience to recognize difficult and traumatic day-to-day moments that individuals of the military lifestyle face. This play is best suited for adult audiences and mature young adults as it contains profanity, sexual content, and frank talk of bodily destruction as a result of war.  




Director  |  Kate Alexander
Stage Manager  |  Stephen M. Ray, Jr.*
Scenic Designer  |  Bruce Price
Costume Designer  |  Adrienne Webber
Lighting Designer  |  Ryan Finzelber


Rachel Moulton*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

RACHEL MOULTON (Pilot) Grounded marks Rachel’s fifth production at FST. Last spring she appeared in Alabama Story as Lily Whitfield and over the summer in The God of Isaac. Prior to that, she was seen in The Columnist (regional premiere) and the rolling world premiere of Jericho. OFF-BROADWAY/NEW YORK: In a Tilted Place (IRT), Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man (777 Theatre), Philip Goes Forth (The Mint) and as Zelda Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise (St.Clements). REGIONAL: The Book Club Play (Virginia Stage Co.), One Slight Hitch (Florida Rep.), Pioneer Theatre Company: Black Comedy and RENT, My Fair Lady (JW Engeman Theatre), Midsummer (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Finding Nemo: The Musical (WDW). Most recently completed short film Brown Fish with Troy Deutsch. Several commercials, most notably as the spokesperson for Office Depot. TRAINING: Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University, B.F.A.

KATE ALEXANDER  (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including brownsville song (b-side for tray); Clever Little Lies;  Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Over The River And Through The Woods; Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for over 25 years. Some of her leading roles were in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, The Occupant, The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. Ms. Alexander leads the FST Forums Series and developed the Blue Butterfly Theatre Program, a program for teens suffering from grief through loss. She created the Art of The Gesture program at Ringling College of Animation and is the co-author of The Animated Short, with Karen Sullivan, now in its 2nd edition.Ms. Alexander most recently performed  a reading from Elie Wiesels’ book, Night, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation, the Violins of Hope, and the Sarasota Orchestra.

STEPHEN M. RAY JR. (Stage Manager) Regional Stage Management: Gidion’s Knot, Stalking the Bogeyman, Relativity (Florida Studio Theatre); 4000 Miles, Gutenberg The Musical, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Around the World in 80 Days, 7 Homeless Mammoths..., The Amish Project, and more (American Stage); The Amish Project (Sheen Center, NYC); The Amish Project, The Whipping Man (Columbia Festival of the Arts). Assistant Stage Management: Assassins (freeFall Theatre). Stephen was also Assistant Production Manager for Stages Productions for 6 years.

BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager. In 2004 Mr. Price was promoted to Production Manager. In the past 14 years Mr. Price has stage managed over 36 productions and overseen the technical aspects of over 100 productions here at FST. During his 30 years in theatre Mr. Price has designed sets, lights and costumes for dozens of productions. He designed the sets for FST’s productions of Stalking the Bogeyman, Gidion’s Knot, Deck The Halls!, The Velveteen Rabbit, Thurgood, My Name Is Asher Lev, and Relativity. In addition, Mr. Price has directed a number of Staged Readings and Children’s plays for FST. Mr. Price has a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Albee, Jose Quintero, and Stewart Ostro. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage. He has found his home here at FST.

ADRIENNE WEBBER (Costume  Designer) is the current Florida Studio Theatre Costume Shop Manager. She has designed and coordinated costumes for The Barter Theatre, The Barter Players, Chautauqua Opera, FSU MFA film and video program, FSU MFA acting program, Asolo Children’s tour program, Sarasota Players and Anna Maria Island Players. Her most recent designs were The Hound of the Baskervilles and Lady in Black for The Barter Theatre. She is happy to be back in Sarasota with her new FST family.

RYAN FINZELBER (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer who also serves as Resident Lighting Designer for both Urbanite Theatre and freeFall Theatre. Recent favorites include Stalking the Bogeyman (Florida Studio Theatre), My Barking Dog, Breadcrumbs, The Drowning Girls (Urbanite Theatre), Red Velvet, Peter and the Starcatcher, Assassins, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (freeFall Theatre), Big Fish (Sarasota Players), The Bridges of Madison County (Manatee Players). Visit for more information!

GEORGE BRANT (Playwright) George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, and Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre.  His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Teatro Netto Festival Grand Prize, three OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature. George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.




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