When Grace Comes In, the latest work from Heather McDonald (An Almost Holy Picture), will make its world premiere July 30-Sept. 1 at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, in a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre. The Rep's artistic director, Sharon Ott, helms this new drama about the balancing act women maintain between family and fulfillment.
Margaret Grace Braxton, focus of Grace, has a good life — her husband is a senator and she has three lovely children. But Margaret has unfulfilled dreams and her responsibilities as wife, mother and daughter are tearing her apart. Grace traces her journey through the images and memories that haunt her life.
McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture played Broadway's American Airlines Theatre in the spring of 2002 with filmdom's Kevin Bacon as a former priest questioning God. Picture premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 1995. McDonald's other works include Dreams of a Common Language and Faulkner's Bicycle.
Washington, DC-based actress and director Jane Beard stars as Margaret Grace Braxton. Also in the cast are Mark Chamblerin (Senator Bill Braxton), Obie winner Stephanie Berry (Roz Lapinsky), Anne Gee Byrd (Belle/Italian Mind Reader), Mark Alan Gordon (Paleontologist/Margaret Father's Ghost/Fabrizio Nacarelli), Shannon Fitzpatrick (Halley Braxton), Mary Frances McClay (Doune Braxton) and Tommy Fleming ("Claw" Braxton).
When Grace Comes In will play Seattle Repertory Theatre in the fall. Tickets in La Jolla are $19-$49. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road. For tickets, call (858) 550-1010. La Jolla Playhouse is on the web at http://www.lajollaplayhouse.com. — By Christine Ehren