Two dramatic productions give Chicago audiences opportunities to explore the questions of where drones and drone warfare are leading us.
TWO DAYS ONLY: Silk Road Rising staged reading of Unmanned
Directed by Sandeep Das
June 28 - June 29, 2014
"By turns comic and appalling, Unmanned dramatizes the lives of two drone operators in a remote desert in the American Southwest—one, a retired male fighter pilot who is terrified to fly; the other, a young female gamer who has never flown. This sets the stage for an exploration of the bizarre and disturbing profession of the military drone “pilot” and the ways in which technology has radically altered contemporary life and warfare.
Performances held at Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago
Saturday, June 28 at 4:00pm
Sunday, June 29 at 4:00pm
Advance tickets available.
"A hot-rod F16 fighter pilot’s unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Repurposed to flying remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan from an air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, the Pilot struggles through surreal twelve-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. A tour de force play for one actress, GROUNDED flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, targeting our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling."
Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Runs through July 13
Full information and tickets
(See "Everything Is Witnessed": Searching for "the Guilty" in GROUNDED )
(See Level Up, Step Up, Grow Up, Man Up . . . Wake Up)
Chicago on Good Friday, 2013 (March 29), a cast consisting of long-time
Chicago antiwar activists was joined by a NY playwright (and defendant
in actions against US drone bases), Jack Gilroy, for one of the events
kicking off a month-long campaign of anti-drones events across the
country: a performance of Gilroy's play, The Predator.
(See "The Predator" in Chicago - Good Friday, 2013 - "A Passion Play for the Drones Era")