Acting legend Ed Asner comes to the Great White Way to star in the Broadway premiere of the new play, Grace, at the Cort Theatre in New York City.
Set in Florida, Grace centers around a young couple who have big plans to open a string of motels with a Gospel theme. Their reverie is rudely interrupted by a perturbed rocket scientist and a cranky old pest control man. Drawing on the paradoxes of believing versus knowing and coincidence versus fate, Grace is a dark comedy that shines a bright light on the dichotomies of life.
Craig Wright's acclaimed, thought-provoking play, Grace, makes its Broadway debut in the Fall of 2012. Wright also penned Mistakes Were Made, Recent Tragic Events, and Six Feet Under. The production is directed by Broadway newcomer Dexter Bullard, who also worked on Tracy Letts’ Bug. Grace will play a strictly limited engagement on Broadway, with Preview Performances set to begin on Thursday, September 13, 2012, and an official Opening Night announced for Thursday, October 4, 2012.
Grace first opened to critical acclaim in Washington, D.C., at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, in 2004. The show was then performed at the Northlight Theater, wowing audiences in Chicago. The show transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, accumulating critical acclaim and receiving three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play.
The Broadway premiere of Grace features an all-star cast from film and television that boast serious acting chops. The players include Paul Rudd, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, as well as Kate Arrington, and television icon and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner.
Making the transition back to the Broadway stage, Paul Rudd first made a name for himself in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1997. Rudd has also starred in Twelfth Night (1998) and Three Days of Rain (2006), as well as Off-Broadway's The Shape of Things (2001).
Best known for his role on "The Mary Tyler More Show" and as the title character in "Lou Grant," Ed Asner has won seven Emmy Awards for his television work. He last appeared on Broadway in 1989 with renown comedienne Madeline Kahn in Born Yesterday.
Michael Shannon also makes his Broadway debut with this production, after years in various New York City stage productions, including Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep and Wright’s Mistakes Were Made. Shannon received an Academy Award nomination for Revolutionary Road and is a recurring actor on the TV series “Boardwalk Empire." Kate Arrington won critical acclaim for her recent portrayal in Iceman Cometh at the Goodman Theatre, opposite Broadway favorite Nathan Lane and film star Brian Dennehy. Arrington is an ensemble member of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre, having performed in The Hot L Baltimore, The Well-Appointed Room, The Pain and the Itch, and The Violet Hour.
The pre-Opening performance schedule for Grace does not follow the standard Broadway schedule of having Mondays dark. For the Preview performances, shows will be Monday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. However, no matinee will be performed on September 26, 2012. After the official Opening Night, performances will be on a Monday dark schedule with showtimes to include Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., afternoon matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., as well as Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Playing the Cort Theatre located at 138 West 48th Street, Grace is produced on Broadway by Debbie Bisno, Tony-winning Fox Theatricals, Paula Wagner, Jessica Genick, Jed Bernstein, Christian Chadd Taylor, William Berlind/Amanda Dubois, Bruce Bendell/Scott Prisand, and LaRue-Noy/Peter May.
Ticket prices range from $32.00 to $132.00. For more info, please visit the show's website.