Who: Kit Foreman is a Bend actress reprising her role as a fighter pilot turned drone pilot in “Grounded,” opening Friday in Bend. The captivating one-woman show captures the stress of a drone pilot’s extremely long days and the oddness of being at such a remove from the destruction. She previously performed “Grounded” last spring at Cascades Theatrical Company’s Cascades Theatre. The play by George Brant now comes to 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., resuming flight, if you will, for a three-weekend run with the original backstage crew, including director Lilli Anne Linford-Foreman (Foreman’s mother) and assistant director Juliah Rae. “Grounded” also has the distinction of being the final production at 2nd Street Theater, as previously reported. Contact: 541-312-9626 or 2ndstreettheater.com.
Q: It’s been less than a year since the original run. What made you decide to bring it back now?
A: It has. So after we wrapped up at Cascades Theatrical, Sandy Klein from 2nd Street approached us and asked if it was something that we’d consider reviving there. We talked about it for a little bit, and sort of presented it as a proposal. Then, of course, it ended up that this will be 2nd Street’s final show. … The timing on it was good. I mean, I’m glad we got in there.
Q: As you’ve been exploring the script again, does anything new jump out at you?
A: I’ve definitely found more transition points, and more intentional use of words, like the use of one word instead of another word that rings to me as important in a way that it didn’t the first time around.
Q: Interesting. Do you have any examples?
A: At one point, partway through the script, she stops using the word “sleep.” She stops saying, “We go to sleep.” She says, “We go to bed.” And then there is one pivotal moment where she does say sleep, and it’s after a while when she hasn’t been sleeping. So just little things like that have been cropping up.
Q: Did you remember a lot of the lines, or did you have to relearn them?
A: I remember almost all of it. I am having some difficulty with some scene transitions and with some minor word substitutions, which is what I think we all expected. … As we move through rehearsals, it’s come back so fast, I’m not concerned (laughs).
Q: Do you always have that kind of recall with your lines, or was this one special?
A: No, this one was special. I think because normally as an actor, when I finish a play, I’m done. By closing night, I am ready to take off that character and put it away. This show was unique in that it is the only show that I’ve ever revived. It’s the only character that by the end of the run, I wasn’t ready to put her away, which also played a significant part in us reviving it. I didn’t feel done with the pilot.
Q: What do you hope people get from seeing it?
A: I hope people come away from it affected in some way, in any way, really. I think the best theater moves us and affects us, and sometimes changes us on an emotional level. I just really hope, in the same way that it did last time, that this is a piece of art that affects people and that people bring home with them and think about for a while.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin