‘Our Lady of 121st St’ by Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Signature Theatre

Our Lady of 121st St by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, is directed by Tony & Emmy Award-winner Phylicia Rashad at The Signature Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, Tuesday – Sunday, May 1 – June 17, 2018.

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Our Lady of 121st St

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.

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

Guirgis is an Egyptian – Irish – American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Many of his plays are based on his experience growing up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It didn’t used to be as nice as it is now.

Guirgis isn’t always nice. He’s an old school New Yorker, but he is a master of dialog who masterfully draws his characters. Guirgis has dark sense of humor, so even when people are fighting, he can tease out a chuckle.

His Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His Motherfucker with the Hat on Broadway earned six Tony Award nominations including “Best Play.”

Guirgis co-created, wrote and executive produced The Get Down, an excellent docu-drama on the origins of Hip-Hop with Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge).

His Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train ran during Signature Theatre’s 2017-2018 season. It is nominated for three 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards:

Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad is a Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning American actress, singer and stage director originally from Houston, Texas. She is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984 – 1992.

Rashad’s mother Vivian Ayers is herself a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and playwright.

Rashad earned a BFA magna cum laude from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Rashad won Emmy Awards for “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for The Cosby Show in 1988 and 1989. Rashad was the first Black actress to win a Tony Award for “Best Actress.” She won for A Raisin in the Sun (2004).

Our Lady of 121st St Cast

'Our Lady of 121st Street' cast. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

‘Our Lady of 121st Street’ cast. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

  • Joey Auzene
  • Erick Betancourt
  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine
  • Maki Borden
  • Jimonn Cole
  • John Doman
  • Dierdre Friel
  • Hill Harper
  • Kevin Isola
  • Stephanie Kurtzuba
  • Paola Lázaro
  • John Procaccino

Our Lady of 121st St Creative

  • Scenic Design by Walt Spangler
  • Costume Design by Alexis Forte
  • Lighting Design by Keith Parham
  • Sound Design by Robert Kaplowitz
  • Production Stage Manager Charles M. Turner III

Our Lady of 121st St Tickets

'Our Lady of 121st St.' Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

‘Our Lady of 121st St.’ Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.


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Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan


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