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Longing for Grace

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Grace Kiley
July 9, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor and Playwright.

What is your show about?
Grace Kelly, Hollywood movie star and Princess of Monaco, at her own funeral tells a cautionary tale about abandoning ones dreams.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I teach Acting for Stage & Screen and coach actors at Grace Kiley ACTING, Stella Adler, NYU Kanbar Film & TV, and Trinity La Mama. I adore teaching acting! It's entertaining, challenging but mostly a privilege to work so intimately with people.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
looks beneath the glamorous surface and into the heart and soul of GRACE KELLY, a woman who maybe died twice, first when when she left her acting career and second in the fatal car accident in Monaco.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There is a moment when Kelly's life resonates so deeply with my own -the loss, the potential, the passion, the longing . . . it's why I'm an actress.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Maggie Smith! She's an actress so fully connected with her characters that every side long glance has multiple layers, a woman of age who is ageless in her talent and beauty, her precision and elegance.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Acting offers a powerful means to open and expand both individually and collectively. I would fund a theater in every town in United States to encourage this potential for all.