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Grand Concourse - Full Length Play, Drama

Grand Concourse

Heidi Schreck

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704161

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A soup kitchen off the Grand Concourse in The Bronx.


No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

FINALIST! 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
NOMINEE! 2015 Lucille Lortel Award
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma – an idealistic but confused college dropout – arrives to volunteer, her reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Heidi Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.


"Grand Concourse may well break your heart. You may need tissues by the end. " - New York Post, Read More  

"Heidi Schreck’s beautiful tragicomedy of life […] reminds you of why you go to the theater in the first place." - Chicago Sun Times, Read More

"Insightful with a moving, even shocking epiphany." - Huffington Post, Read More  

"[Heidi Schreck] writes fluid, natural dialogue and creates detailed characters that offer generous opportunities for actors [...] the words have the ring of plain truth." - The New York Times, Read More  

"While most stories about nuns can’t resist being feel-good and sincere, the best thing about Schreck’s story is its dry-eyed lack of sweetness and sentiment. Amen to that." - New York Daily News, Read More

"Heidi Schreck's Grand Concourse, [is] a brutal response to the notion of unconditional forgiveness and never-ending charity. With its pointed perspective and merciless plot, Grand Concourse is likely to rouse flashes of anger and sadness. A master provocateur of a playwright, it's nearly impossible to walk away unscathed by Schreck's harrowing tale." - TheaterMania, Read More

Check out these photos from Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Grand Concourse


Between Intention and Action: Playwright Heidi Schreck, Director Yasen Peyankov, and Dramaturg Dassia Posner discuss GRAND CONCOURSE 
by Dassia Posner
October 27, 2015

The Pursuit of Forgiveness & Joy: GRAND CONCOURSE
by Julia Izumi
May 22, 2015

Grand Concourse received its world premiere production at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, under the direction of Kip Fagan in 2014. 


2m, 2f


Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

SHELLEY - A nun, and the administrator of the soup kitchen.
EMMA - 19. A college dropout who volunteers for Shelley. 
OSCAR - The handsome janitor of the soup kitchen.
FROG - One of the homeless patrons. 
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Heidi Schreck

Heidi Schreck

Heidi Schreck is a writer and actor living in Brooklyn. Her plays include Grand Concourse, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theater in 2014/2105, and was a Lilly Award winner and finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize; Creature (New Georges and Page 73); There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); and The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre). Other ... view full profile

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Drew Gormley 3/26/2017 7:55 PM
A beautiful play, with a musical chairs like feel of who needs forgiveness, and who is in despair, and who has some spare love to offer to someone in need.

Just saw this performed with Miranda Lopez in the lead and she was so alive onstage it was shocking to see her smiling after the performance.

Truly amazing.
Nina Milo 2/8/2017 9:55 AM
Rebecca May Flowers 3/23/2016 10:45 AM

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