Grace

Trade Paper – $18.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2899-6
Publication Date
October 2012
Page Count
104 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9
ISBN
0-8101-2899-3

Grace

A Play

The difference between belief and knowledge and the con­sequences of mistaking one for the other are at the heart of Craig Wright’s play Grace. An evangelical Christian couple, Sara and Steve, leave a dreary life in Minnesota for sunny Florida and the hope of fast money from turn­ing abandoned hotels into a chain of gospel-themed inns. Their new neighbor, Sam, is struggling to emerge from the trauma of a car accident that killed his fiancée and left him badly maimed. And the building’s pest exterminator, Karl, is still tormented by a dark childhood episode. As their stories converge, Wright’s characters find themselves face-to-face with the most eternally vexing questions—the nature of faith, the meaning of suffering, and the possibil­ity of redemption. Acidly funny and relentlessly search­ing, Grace is a trenchant work from an immensely gifted playwright.

About the Author

Craig Wright's plays include Melissa Arctic (2005 Helen Hayes Award), Orange Flower Water, The Pavilion, Recent Tragic Events, Molly’s Delicious, Mistakes Were Made, and The Unseen. The first three are collected in Three Plays (Northwest­ern; 2012). His plays have been produced at theaters around the country, including Barrow Street Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and Steppenwolf. His work as a televi­sion writer and producer includes Six Feet Under (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Lost, Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, and Underemployed. He is an ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre.

Reviews

“This is a darkly comic, eerily tragic, wholly timely play . . . [Wright] is one of the most searing and incisive observers of male-female relationships, faithfulness and broken faith.”

                          
                                                                                           —Chicago Sun-Times

“Grace brings refreshing—though far from reassuring— complexity to what is fast becoming the most urgent philo­sophical issue of our time.”—Los Angeles Times

“Humorous and thought-provoking . . . with a relevance that is unmistakable. Wright doesn’t shy away from difficult or eternal topics.”—Variety