In association with Edgewood

The Story of GRACE

The musical, GRACE, captures a milestone day in the life of the Mintons, a Philadelphia-based family with a long connection with African American culinary traditions, especially through their century-old restaurant. The family has gathered to mourn the loss of their matriarch. The story unfolds wholly through original songs, ranging in styles from traditional musical theatre and R&B to jazz and neo-classical. In GRACE, every plate holds a story.

"When Gran'Me Cooked"

CHECK OUT THIS SINGLE FROM THE MUSICAL: Hear the Cast of GRACE perform the finale selection, "When Gran'Me Cooked," with special introductions by our culinary ambassador Chef Carla Hall and GRACE Creator/Composer Nolan Williams, Jr.


Here's what Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell has to say about "When Gran'Me Cooked." "Really beautiful. I love [the] harmonic structure and the beautiful spirit that comes through the music and lyrics! Congratulations..."

Chef Carla Hall

We are thrilled to announce celebrity chef Carla Hall as our official Culinary Ambassador.

Click below to read Carla's USA Today Op Ed: "Black History Month: Let's revive healthy soul food. It's more than just fried chicken." (February 1, 2020)

See for yourself the #ByGrace conversation series that has reached nearly 300,000 globally!

Click here to stream previous chats.

We want to hear from you!

 Share your favorite recipe, food memory or food story on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag, #ByGrace. Click here to read the inspiring food stories we are highlighting this week.

The Production Team of GRACE

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Nolan Williams, Jr.

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Composer/Writer/Music Director

Robert Barry Fleming

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Nolan Williams, Jr.

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Director

Dale A. Mott

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Jason Ardizzone-West

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Founder/Principal, Edgewood

Jason Ardizzone-West

Jason Ardizzone-West

Jason Ardizzone-West

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Set Designer

Dominique Fawn Hill

Jason Ardizzone-West

Dominique Fawn Hill

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Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce

Jason Ardizzone-West

Dominique Fawn Hill

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Lighting Designer

Matt Hubbs

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

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Sound Designer

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

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Casting Director

Amy Wegener

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Amy Wegener

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Dramaturg

The Cast of GRACE

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PAUL

RUTHIE

RUTHIE

David Hughey

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RUTHIE

RUTHIE

RUTHIE

Jenny Mollet

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HALEY

RUTHIE

HALEY

Lacretta

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E.J.

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

HALEY

Bernard Holcomb

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MISS MINNIE

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

Virginia Woodruff

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MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

Lawrence Cummings

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MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

MINTON FAMILY MEMBER

Jacqui Blue

The Development of GRACE

GRACE has been in development since 2014. Here are some key project milestones:

June 2016 

A DATE WITH A DISH

Performance, 53rd Grand Boulé Archousai Luncheon, Washington, D.C.


May 2017 

THE NOLAN WILLIAMS PROJECT

Workshop Residency, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH


May 2018 

THE NOLAN WILLIAMS PROJECT (aka MINTON’S PLACE)

Workshop Residency, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH


October 2019 

GRACE

Announcement of selection for the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays


January 2020 

GRACE

Workshop Residency, Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY


March 25 - April 12, 2020 

GRACE

2020 Humana Festival production run, Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)


April 12, 2020 

GRACE

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall is announced as culinary ambassador. 

"When Gran'Me Cooked," the finale selection from the show, is released on video featuring the Cast of GRACE. The music video has garnered 80,000+ combined reaches across multiple platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and this official website).


April 21, 2020

GRACE

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall and GRACE creator/composer Nolan Williams, Jr. launch "ByGrace," a live chat series on Facebook and Instagram, to share the history and themes that have inspired the show. The series has, to date, reached nearly 300,000 globally featuring special guests like businesswoman Sheila Johnson, author/food historian Michael Twitty, CBS This Morning Saturday Co-host Michelle Miller, and Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell. 

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