PHOTO CALL: Broadway's Grace Stars Offer Special Talkback, With Frank DiLella and Blake Ross

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01 Oct 2012

The comic drama Grace, starring Paul Rudd, was the latest production to take part in $30 for 30, a special initiative from Playbill and NY1. The cast took part in a post-show discussion with NY1 theatre producer Frank DiLella and Playbill Magazine editor Blake Ross.

The program, which began in 2010 with the Tony-winning play The Normal Heart, offers $30 tickets to patrons age 30 or under.

Following the Friday evening performance, Playbill editor Blake Ross and NY1 theatre reporter and producer Frank DiLella sat down with the entire cast to talk about the play and the impact that young people can have on the theatre.

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Blake Ross, Frank DiLella, Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, Kate Arrington and Michael Shannon
Photo by Monica Simoes

Joining Rudd in Grace are Emmy winner Ed Asner, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington.

Here's how the work is described: "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."

Other shows that have participated in "30 For $30" include Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays and The Mountaintop, with Samuel L. Jackson.