Julie Taymor — who typically works on the scale of The Lion King, for which she won a Tony Award, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark — for which she didn’t, will direct Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in Grounded, a solo play, at New York’s Public Theater this spring. The monologue by George Brant is delivered by a cocky fighter pilot in Iraq who’s reassigned to supervise drone strikes, probably in Afghanistan or Pakistan, after she becomes pregnant. The play has had several acclaimed stagings, including last year at New York’s off-off-Broadway Walker Space.
Hathaway’s work on New York stages includes a leading role in the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare In The Park production of Twelfth Night in 2009 and in the musical Carnival revived by the City Center Encores! series. Grounded is scheduled to begin performances April 7 and run through May 17, with opening night on April 23.