JUNE 9 ‐ JULY 10, 2022
Thursday ‐ Saturday @ 7p.m.
Sunday @ 2 p.m.
– The New York Times
“A scorching sharp-eyed, timely script”
"A searing piece of writing…a must-see." - The Guardian
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.
BY GEORGE BRANT
DIRECTED BY STEPHANIE COURTNEY
WITH SUZEN BARAKA
Lighting Design by Tim J. Lord
Projection Design by Shoshanah Tarkow
Sound Design by Andy Gaukel
Production Stage Management by Brian Donoghue
COVID POLICY: Please note that patrons will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
The show runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
POST-SHOW TALKBACK with members of Hudson River Playback Theatre
Following the 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 25.
In a dialogue through action, audience members are invited to share responses to the play, then watch as improvisers bring your comments to life. What stood out for you? What questions did the play raise for you? What feelings are you left with?
Hudson River Playback Theatre creates theatre based on audience members' true stories in theatres, schools, migrant labor camps, conferences, and more. HRPT was the 2019 recipient of the Arts Society of Kingston’s ASKar award for performing arts.
cast & creATIVE
Suzen Baraka is an Emmy Award-winning poet, writer, actor and activist who has been performing live for over 17 years. Suzen began her acting career starring in Everlasting, recipient of the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2020 Cannes Short Film Festival. During the pandemic, she wrote, starred in and released VOTE, originally commissioned by Poetic People Power, directed by Jami Ramberan and published in Kevin Powell's literary anthology: 2020 The Year That Changed America. Further, she appeared in Let America Be America Again produced by Creatives4Biden and released on Election Day 2020, and she’s been featured at Ars Nova's #OATH2021 and at Restart Stages at Lincoln Center. Most recently, Suzen has co-starred on The Other Two on HBO Max and Blue Bloods on CBS. She was also the face of Theraflu’s Right to Recover Campaign, for which she wrote and starred in a commercial advocating for women’s right to paid sick leave. And in June of this year, out of 11,000 applicants, Suzen was among 20 actors selected to participate in the WarnerMedia Talent Access Spotlight inaugural showcase. IG: Suzen_Baraka
SUZEN BARAKA, PILOT
STEPHANIE COURTNEY, DIRECTOR
Stephanie Courtney (she, her) is an international theatre director and an instructor. She was the Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in San Francisco, winning the Best of the Bay award for her productions of Beckett Shorts and adaptations of James Joyce’s The Dubliners. When she moved to Ireland, she began and was Artistic Director of Fortune’s Fool Productions producing and directing Free Shakespeare in the Iveagh Gardens from 2010 to 2016.
Stephanie teaches Suzuki and Viewpoints in California at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA). She was faculty at The Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s national theatre school from 2011 to 2017. Stephanie has taught Viewpoints in Greece, Italy, Ireland and the UK. In the US, she has taught Viewpoints in New York; San Francisco; Austin, Texas and Tennessee.
Stephanie worked as a movement specialist on the hit TV series Ripper Street, and she directed, edited and produced Are Our Souls Our Own for the Southern California Shakespeare Festival. Her directing credits include: As You Like It, Southern California Shakespeare Festival; Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet for Fortune’s Fool Productions; The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Joycian Christmas, and Beckett Shorts for Wilde Irish Productions.
GEORGE BRANT, PLAYWRIGHT
George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, The Prince of Providence, Elephant’s Graveyard, Tender Age, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, and Grizzly Mama. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, Asolo Repertory, 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, four 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.