PRESS PLAY is back for its second season! This collaboration between the Kitchen Theatre Company and Cinemapolis puts a currently running play in conversation with a film that explores similar themes. The 4-part series will include screenings of select films paired with the Kitchen’s productions of GIRLFRIEND (September 9-30; screening: Tuesday, September 25), 2.5 MINUTE RIDE (November 25 – December 9; screening Tuesday, December 4), GROUNDED (April 21 – May 5; screening: Tuesday, April 30), and TRIBES (June 2-23; screening Tuesday, June 11). Following each screening, audiences are invited to stay for a conversation led by Kitchen Theatre artists.

The 2nd season continues on Tuesday, April 30th  with the pairing of GROUNDED with the 1980 Academy Award nominated comedy, Private Benjamin. Both the play and the film, in their own ways, address the roles of women in today’s military.

M. Bevin O’Gara, Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre, will be leading the post-screening conversation on Tuesday, April 30th. The film screening begins at 7 pm.



A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff
Writers: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante



ABOUT GROUNDED (by George Brant, Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara)

An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot’s career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.Kate MacCluggage of last season’s Ironbound returns to the Kitchen in this gripping one-woman show.



Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 27th season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in a beautifully renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.