Lynn Redgrave Finds Grace Off-Broadway Beginning Jan. 23

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Lynn Redgrave stars in the title role of MCC Theater's American premiere of Mick Gordon and AC Grayling's Grace, which begins previews at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre Jan. 23.
Lynn Redgrave stars in Grace
Lynn Redgrave stars in Grace Photo by Joan Marcus

Joseph Hardy directs the work, which will officially open Feb. 11 for a limited run through March 8.

Following an acclaimed run at London's Soho Theater, Grace arrives in New York with Tony Award-nominated actress Redgrave as Grace. Joining the actress onstage are Philip Goodwin (Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, King Lear) as Tony, Oscar Isaac (Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Beauty of the Father) as Tom and K.K. Moggie (Richard III, A Peddlers Tale, Fetes de la Nuit) as Ruth. 

Grace centers on "a mother, a wife and a brilliant professor," according to an announcement. "Her bold assertions on the 'absurdity' of religion have propelled her to center stage in the public debate over the existence of God. But Grace's private calm is severely shaken when her son, Tom, announces a career change from civil rights attorney to priest."

Last seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated turn in The Constant Wife, Redgrave penned and appeared in a trilogy of works about her family: Shakespeare For My Father, The Mandrake Root and Nightingale. Her other credits include Talking Heads, The Exonerated, Black Comedy, Aren't We All, Moon Over Buffalo and another Tony-nominated turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work in the films "Gods and Monsters" and "Georgy Girl."

This staging marks a return to the New York stage for director Hardy, following a 30-year absence. He has worked in regional venues and theatre abroad as well as in film and television. The Tony Award winner for his direction of Child's Play previously collaborated with Redgrave on the American debut of her Nightingale in Los Angeles. Other credits include Gigi, Night of the Iguana, Play It Again Sam and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The design team for Grace includes Tobin Ost (scenic), Alejo Vietti (costumes), Matthew Richards (lighting) and Fabian Obispo (sound).

MCC will next present the world premiere of Neil LaBute's new work, reasons to be pretty, (May 14-July 5) as the final show of its season.

Tickets to Grace at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200 or online at mcctheater.com.

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