Grand Concourse

Grand Concourse

by  Heidi Schreck

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

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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Grand Concourse

Grand Concourse

by  Heidi Schreck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable, Faith-based, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • FINALIST! 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    NOMINEE! 2015 Lucille Lortel Award
    THE KILROYS LIST, 2014

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

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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

Videos

  • Grand Concourse- Audience Reaction
  • Scene From GRAND CONCOURSE - Playwrights Horizons, 2014
  • GRAND CONCOURSE trailer - Playwrights Horizons, 2014
  • Heidi Schreck on Grand Concourse - Playwrights Horizons
  • Meet Heidi Schreck, playwright of GRAND CONCOURSE
  • Grand Concourse- Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A soup kitchen off the Grand Concourse in The Bronx.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
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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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 (Rattl ...

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

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