Omaha, NE.– Grounded will open Friday, Sept. 25 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The show will be held in the Howard Drew Theatre at OCP. Performances will run Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 18. The Howard Drew Theatre will allow for social distancing and other safety precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy cuts her career in the sky short. Reassigned to military drone operation, the former F-16 pilot patrols Afghanistan by day—from a windowless trailer outside of Las Vegas—and returns to her family at night. But as professional pressure mounts, the lines between the desert where she lives and the desert where she hunts high-profile terrorists begins to blur.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $36, with prices varying by performance. Tickets may be purchased through the OCP Box Office by phone at (402) 553-0800 or online at OmahaPlayhouse.com.
All audience, staff, and volunteers will be required to wear masks. Masks will be available free of charge and must be worn properly in accordance with CDC guidelines. Patrons attending a show in either theatre will be socially distanced from other guests with all groups at least 6 feet apart. In the Howard Drew theatre, a plexiglass barrier will be installed around the perimeter of the stage to provide separation between guests and performers. Productions will not incorporate any physical audience participation.
Audience members will be required to self-screen for a fever and symptoms of illness prior to arriving at OCP. Those with fever or other symptoms may exchange their ticket at no cost. New arrival and dismissal procedures will help encourage social distancing, including staggered vehicle loading/unloading, assigned will call pick up times and row-by-row dismissal after a show.
Lobbies, reception areas and lines will be arranged and marked to encourage social distancing. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in the box office windows with cash-free payments encouraged, touchless credit card transactions offered and touch-free ticket pickup available. Common areas and performance halls will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis with both cleanser and electrostatic technology.
All restrooms will be outfitted with touchless fixtures and will be sanitized daily and throughout performances. We will no longer hold post-show meet and greets with the actors in the lobby. Concessions and drinks will not be available and public water fountains will be closed.
Director: Kimberly Faith-Hickman
Starring: Leanne Hill-Carlson as The Pilot