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Our Lady of 121st Street

 



A group of former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects to the late Sister Rose, where they find her dead body has been stolen in this dark comedy.

From the producers: After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the Funeral Home, there's a problem - her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, "Our Lady of 121st Street" paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.

Audience Notes: This production contains the use of herbal cigarettes.

Author Stephen Adly Guirgis' plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play "Between Riverside and Crazy" won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company, where "Our Lady of 121st Street" premiered in 2003, directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman The play received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play, as well as being named one of the 10 best plays of 2003.



The cast features Joey Auzenne, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Erick Betancourt, Maki Borden, Jimonn Cole, John Doman, Dierdre Friel, Hill Harper, Kevin Isola, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Paola Lázaro, and John Procaccino. Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad directs.

What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $30. More here.

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