A playwright turns drones into drama

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A play from George Brant, called "Grounded," has struck a nerve with audiences from Australia to Israel. 

The drama revolves around a female F-16 fighter pilot who finds herself pregnant. She's reassigned to duty as a military drone operator, but she has difficulty rediscovering her old fighter pilot swagger from an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. Then it slowly dawns on her that although she's an "eye in the sky," she's also being watched. 

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