Chicago team headed to Broadway with ‘Grace’
By Hedy Weiss Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2012 11:18AM
Updated: June 7, 2012 2:13AM
Michael Shannon (who established his career in Chicago and will soon be seen as General Zod in the film “Man of Steel”), and his actress wife Kate Arrington (the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member currently featured as Cora in the Goodman Theatre production of “The Iceman Cometh”), will join actors Paul Rudd and Ed Asner (in his first Broadway appearance in 25 years), for the Broadway production of Craig Wright’s play, “Grace.” The limited engagement, set to begin Sept. 14 and open Oct. 4, will be directed by Chicago director Dexter Bullard (founder of the now-defunct Plasticene physical theater troupe here), whose credits also include Tracy Letts’ play, “Bug”). It will be produced by former Chicagoan Debbie Bisno, Fox Theatricals and Paula Wagner.
“Grace” tells the story of a young couple (Rudd and Arrington) who settle in Florida and plan to create a chain of Gospel motels, but are eerily distracted by a strange neighbor (Shannon) and a caustic exterminator (Rudd). It was produced a number of years ago at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre with Shannon playing the same role.
Wright, a member of Chicago’s A Red Orchid ensemble, is the author of “Mistakes Were Made” (a play in which Shannon starred both here and in New York), and wrote for the TV series “Six Feet Under.”