Stephen Brackett directs the Of-Broadway production that began previews April 20 and will continue through May 14.
Eikenberry (Moonchildren, The Kid) plays Hope, with Schmidt (Come Back Little Sheba) as Melody, in a cast that also includes Chad Hoeppner (Spy Garbo) as Craig and Jonny Orsini (Banished Children of Eve) as Brad.
Here's how Ars Nova bills the premiere: "Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. Luckily, her mother-in-law, Hope, is a professional — mourner, that is. Navigating the prickly terrain of pressed black dresses, well-intended advice and inappropriate outbursts, Melody stumbles toward understanding what it means to find someone through losing them in this new sad comedy about handling loss like a grownup."
Be a Good Little Widow has set design by Daniel Zimmerman, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Burke Brown and sound design by Bart Fasbender.
Brunstetter's plays include A Long and Happy Life, House of Home, Miss Lilly Gets Boned and OOHRAH! Ars Nova is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street. For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit ArsNova.