Presented by Catnip Productions
Written by Craig Wright
Available to tour from 2017
An evangelical Christian couple, Sara and Steve, leave a dreary life in Minnesota for sunny Florida and the hope of fast money from turning abandoned hotels into a chain of gospel-themed inns with the catchy slogan "Where Would Jesus Stay?". Their new neighbor, Sam, is struggling to emerge from the trauma of a car accident that killed his fiancée and left him badly maimed. And the building’s pest exterminator, Karl, is still tormented by at least one particularly dark experience during the war. As their stories converge, Wright’s characters find themselves face-to-face with the most eternally vexing questions—the nature of faith, the meaning of suffering, and the possibility of redemption. Acidly funny and relentlessly searching, Grace is a trenchant work from an immensely gifted playwright.
Staged on Broadway in 2012 and starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Ed Asner, Grace was nominated for the Outstanding New Broadway Play Award by the Outer Critics Circle in 2013.
Outer Critics Circle Award - Nominee 2013
"Craig Wright's play starts with a shock and then switches to slow-burn mode as it wrestles with existential and theological questions." - The Hollywood Reporter
"It demonstrates so much empathy for a certain kind of American spiritual malaise, and so much theatrical panache." - TIME
"Deeply thoughtful. Crisp" - Huffington Post
"Craig Wright's beautiful, vexing study of two very different but both profoundly damaged men and and a woman who is drawn to both of them."
- USA Today, * * * 1/2 stars out of four
"Wright’s a talented crafter of snap-tight dialogue (honed as a TV writer) and he displays uncommon empathy for his doom-laden characters." - Vulture
The above images are from the Broadway season of Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington.
Designer credit: Beowulf Boritt