"Grace" is a dark play but Rudd hopes he's gotten better at separating his roles from his life. He remembers being in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in London in 2000. It was winter and he suffered.
"While I was very happy that I did it, and it was an enriching, profound experience, 'fun' is not a word I would use to describe it. I was just bummed out all the time," he says. "This play is an hour-and-a-half and it's a thrill ride. So hopefully I won't be a wreck walking around when we're not doing the show."
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