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“Grounded” Opens July 7, an uplifting play about family, faith and the choices we make

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Pioneer Playhouse of Danville continues its 66th season under the stars with Grounded, an original play by Chelsea Marcantel, adapted from the novel of the same name by local author Angela Correll.

Grounded opens July 7 and runs through July 18. It tells the story of Annie, a jet-setting city girl who reluctantly returns home to Kentucky to catch her breath, only to find herself facing new challenges: a run-down family farm, an ailing yet fiercely stubborn grandma, and the surprise rekindling of an old flame. This is an uplifting, heartfelt play about family, faith and the choices we make.

Angela Correll

Angela Correll

Grounded is part of Pioneer Playhouse’s annual “Kentucky Voices” series, which celebrates local writers and stories. Last year’s “Kentucky Voices” offering was The Wonder Team by artistic director Robby Henson. That play highlighted the achievements of the 1921 Centre College football team who beat mighty Harvard in a game that is still considered to be one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

Other “Kentucky Voices” plays have included A Jarful of Fireflies by Catherine Bush about the making of the MGM classic Raintree County in Danville in the 1950s,The Infamous Ephraim by the late Holly Henson, about the first successful ovariotomy performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell in the 1800s; Death by Darkness, about an imagined visit by Charles Dickens to Mammoth Cave, and The Search for Tinker Doyle about Danville’s connection to its Irish Sister City, Carrickfergus, both by local playwright Elizabeth Orndorff.

Angela Correll is a seventh generation Kentuckian. Besides being a writer, she is the co-owner of Bluebird, a farm-to-table restaurant in Stanford promoting local food produced in a humane and natural way.

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Chelsea Marcantel

Chelsea Marcantel is a playwright. Originally from Louisiana, she is now a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School in New York City, studying under renowned Kentucky playwright Marsha Norman.

Ms. Correll will be on hand before the play to sign copies of her books and talk about her writing. There will also be demonstrations and/or tastings offered each night by vendors of locally made products such as Marksbury Farms, Kentucky Soaps and Such, Buster Bees, Wilderness Trail, and others.