Grace & Glorie

by  Tom Ziegler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2f

"A sentimental odd couple crowd pleaser...[with] a steady drip of easy laughs." - The New Tork Times

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Grace & Glorie

by  Tom Ziegler

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    Cast Size

  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz starred on Broadway in this charmer set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Her volunteer hospice worker, Glorie, is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted to this rural backwater from New York. Glorie is tense, unhappy and guilt-ridden, her only child having been killed in an auto accident when she was driving. As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and life's highs and lows.

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"A sentimental odd couple crowd pleaser...[with] a steady drip of easy laughs." - The New Tork Times

"A lot of good humor...artfully designed to confirm hopes...Offers the opportunity for good, honest, grandstanding acting." - The New York Post


Aging, Betrayal, Death, Memory


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Grace's cottage located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia one recent fall.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


GRACE STILES - ninety year old country woman.
GLORIA WHITMORE - late thirties, early forties. A New Yorker.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors



Tom Ziegler

Tom Ziegler is a native of Chicago. His play Grace and Glorie was first presented at The Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Retreat under the title Apple Dreams and later went on to a successful Off-Broadway run starring Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnez at the Laura Pels Theatre in 1996. Th ...

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Grace and Glorie was first presented at Theatre Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in the spring of 1991. It was directed by Terry Burgler.

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