Grace Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Ed Asner Will Appear at Apple Store Soho; Talkbacks, Too

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03 Oct 2012

Kate Arrington and Paul Rudd
Kate Arrington and Paul Rudd
Joan Marcus

A series of special events are scheduled to celebrate the Broadway premiere of Craig Wright's Grace, which officially opens Oct. 4 at the Cort Theatre.

The entire cast, including Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Ed Asner, will appear at the intimate theatre inside the Apple Store Soho (103 Prince Street) Oct. 8 from 7 PM-8 PM for a conversation about the play. CNN's Shanon Cook will moderate the event, which will be recorded for future podcast. The conversation is open to the public and will include an opportunity for audience questions.

A Talkback Series will also be held following three Wednesday evening performances.

On Oct. 10 Patrick Pacheco (Los Angeles Times journalist and NY1 “On Stage” correspondent) will be joined by the entire cast for a post-show conversation about the play. On Oct. 17 best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat Pray Love") and Reverend Stephen Phelps of the Riverside Church of New York will engage in a discussion of faith as it relates to the themes of the play. On Oct. 24 Dr. Michael Brown of the Marble Collegiate Church NYC, who consulted on Grace during the rehearsal process, will similarly discuss the issues of faith and religion that are explored in the play. All talkbacks will take place directly after the 7 PM performances.

The new play is described as such: "In alternating scenes of hilarity and poignancy, life turns surreal for an eclectic foursome whose destinies collide in the Sunshine State. A wide-eyed young couple (Rudd & Arrington) head south with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed motels. When an agitated rocket scientist (Shannon) and a prickly pest-control man (Asner) enter the picture, the couple's ordered world is thrown into utter chaos. Grace examines those illusive paradoxes: Believing vs. Knowing and Coincidence vs. Fate."

For more information visit www.graceonbroadway.com.