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121st STREET

“Maybe you grew up in a godless jungle, but I remember when the world was not this! And this? This is not the world!”

OUR LADY OF 121st STREET The Ortiz Funeral Room is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. Among the equally hilarious and tragic twelve characters, you’ll meet Rooftop, a chronically unfaithful but otherwise popular Los Angeles DJ, looking to reconcile with the love his life; Pinky and Edwin, two brothers tragically linked together forever; and the outrageously angry Norca, who doesn’t let the fact that she shelpt with her best friend’s husband deter her from the full expectation of being immediately forgiven of her sin by her best friend, Inez, still in pain fifteen years later. The rest of the crowd in this dark, insightful and very funny comedy inevitably square off on each other, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean – perhaps for the first time.


FIRST PREVIEW: February 18, 2003

OPENED: March 6, 2003

CLOSED: July 27, 2003 

THEATRE: Union Square Theatre 

PLAYWRIGHT: Stephen Adly Guirgis

DIRECTOR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman  

SCENIC DESIGN: Narelle Sissons


LIGHTING DESIGN: James Vermeulen  

SOUND DESIGN: Eric DeArmon  

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