Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon will join forces on Broadway this fall to star in Craig Wright's Grace. The play also stars Edward Asner and Kate Arrington. Dexter Bullard directs the piece, which will begin previews on September 14 at a yet to be announced Shubert theater. Opening night is set for October 4.
Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple (Rudd and Arrington) as they start a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel motels. An agitated neighbor (Shannon) and a caustic exterminator (Asner) complete the eclectic foursome as destinies collide.
Rudd made his Broadway debut in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and has since starred in Twelfth Night and Three Days of Rain on Broadway and The Shape of Things off-Broadway. Among his many film credits are Clueless, Romeo + Juliet, Wet Hot American Summer, The Shape of Things, Anchorman, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, Our Idiot Brother and Role Models.
Shannon, who reteams with Wright and Bullard after starring in Mistakes Were Made off-Broadway, has also appeared on the New York stage in Our Town, Bug and Killer Joe. He stars in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and his film credits include Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Take Shelter, The Runaways and Revolutionary Road, for which he earned an Oscar nomination.
Arrington, who is currently appearing at the Goodman Theatre in The Iceman Cometh opposite Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, is a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member. Five-time Golden Globe and seven-time Emmy winner Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), last appeared on Broadway in 1989, opposite Madeline Kahn in Born Yesterday.