The playwright George Brant and I recorded a conversation a few months ago at the The City Club of Cleveland. George has written many plays including “Grounded”. “Grounded” received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Production for its production at the Public Theatre and has featured amazing performances from actresses around the country including Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway. The play is also being developed into a feature film starring Hathaway.
The episode starts with a story about connecting my visceral fear of elevators to a deep respect of chaos and fragility that I think humanity sometimes ignores. Then, George and I have great talk about the writing process, his dynamic career, our love of baseball, and (of course) our individual fears of staircases and elevators.
George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other Name, Defiant, Dark Room, Miracle: A Tragedy, Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome Hoboes, All Talk, One Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime.
Brant’s work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, The Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, City Theatre, Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, Studio Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Borderlands Theater, SF Playhouse, American Blues Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Red Stitch, Theatre 4, Premiere Stages, Trustus Theatre, Elemental Theatre Collective, Balagan Theatre, the Drama League, the Disney Channel, Factory Theatre, StreetSigns Theatre Company, and zeppo theater company, among others.