Grace and Glorie opens Friday, October 23 in Stockbridge

Special to The Times

“Grace and Glorie” directed by Brenda Porter opened in Hapeville with rave reviews from audiences saying, “Laughter. Tears. Great message. A must see!” And, now the Henry Arts Alliance is delighted to announce “Grace and Glorie” is coming to the Stockbridge Community Arts Center.

Lynna Schmidt, left, and Mary Anne Brannon star in the Academy Theatre performance of Grace and Glorie. Special photo

Presented by Academy Theater and Impact Theatre, “Grace and Glorie,” by Tom Ziegler, arrives in Stockbridge on Friday, October 23.

The play offers a glimpse into the life of feisty, 90-year-old Grace who checks herself out of the hospital and returns to her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Here Gloria, a transplant New Yorker with a Harvard MBA, volunteers as her caregiver. The poignant comedy brings a celebration of women’s strength and resiliency.

Mary Anne Brannon makes her debut performance with Academy Theatre in her role as Grace. Lynna Schmidt returns to Academy Theatre as Gloria, a role she has been waiting to play.

“I held on to the script of “Grace and Glorie” for so long, hoping to someday find the right people to bring this script to life,” says Schmidt. “This play is about second chances, the chance to make a difference, the joy of discovery and redemption.”

Following many of the performances, there will be “talkbacks” allowing the audience to discuss topics from the show with cast and professionals with experience in various forms of at-home care, including care for cancer patients and the elderly.

The show is suitable for ages 13 and up. Stockbridge show times are as follows: October 23, 24 and 30 at 8 p.m. and October 25, 31 and November 1 at 2 p.m.

Stockbridge Community Arts Center is located at 146 Burke Street in Stockbridge. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $17 or $20 at the door. Visit Group rates are available.