Signature's OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET Extends Through June 17
The Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Our Lady of 121st Street, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad, has been extended by a week, the company announced today. The production, which opened on May 20, will now run through June 17, 2018.
Our Lady of 121st Street is the second production of Guirgis' Signature residency, which began last fall with the critically-acclaimed, extended production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, directed by Mark Brokaw. Our Lady of 121st Street marks Rashad's New York City directorial debut.
Performances began on May 1 on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). The production was described as "uproariously fun and viscerally piercing" by The Daily Beast, while The Hollywood Reporter called it "a superb production, staged to perfection."
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.
The cast includes Joey Auzenne ( "House of Cards"), Obie Award-winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined), Erick Betancourt (Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train), Maki Borden (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music), Jimonn Cole (Peter and the Starcatcher), John Doman ("The Wire"), Dierdre Friel("Search Party"), Hill Harper ("The Good Doctor"), Kevin Isola ("Billions"), Stephanie Kurtzuba ("The Good Wife"), Paola Lázaro (To the Bone), JohnProcaccino (Incident at Vichy).
The creative team includes Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Alexis Forte (Costume Design), Keith Parham (Lighting Design), Robert Kaplowitz (Sound Design), Cookie Jordan (Hair & Wig Design), Susan Finch (Dialect Coach). Charles M. Turner III is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Caparelliotis Casting.
Our Lady of 121st Street is sponsored by the generous support of The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.
Signature is also currently producing Paradise Blue, by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson; performances began on April 24 and the production has been extended twice through June 17, 2018. The company also recently announced programming for the 2018-19 Season, which will include plays by Will Eno, Athol Fugard, Dave Malloy, Lynn Nottage and Sam Shepard.
Photo Credit: Gregory Costanzo