MCC's Grace, with Lynn Redgrave, Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 11

News   MCC's Grace, with Lynn Redgrave, Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 11 MCC Theater's production of Mick Gordon and AC Grayling's Grace — with Lynn Redgrave in the title role — officially opens at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre Feb. 11.
Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave

Joseph Hardy directs the work that began previews Jan. 23 for a limited run through March 8.

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."

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. Robert Emmet Lunney (Duet) plays the "Voice of Dr. Michael Persinger."

Last seen on Broadway in a Tony Award-nominated turn in The Constant Wife, Redgrave has 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 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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