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Our Lady of 121st Street

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre

October 4 - 14, 2007


The Story:
Mourners have gathered at a Harlem funeral home to pay their respects to a beloved and feared childhood teacher, Sister Rose. There’s only one problem – someone’s stolen the body. In a series of sharp vignettes, old friends and new reminisce about the past, and face the reality of whom they’ve become. As memories are unearthed, vivid shouting matches, explosive rants, and surprisingly touching moments of hope reveal a group of broken souls and the rough, tumbled neighborhood that formed them. Raw, gritty, and rancorously funny, Our Lady of 121st Street is a deeply human character study of people in an elusive search for redemption.

Artistic Significance:

When his third work, Our Lady of 121st Street, debuted in 2002, the New York Times stated Stephen Adly Guirgis “…may be the best American playwright under 40.” The Department presented his In Arabia We’d All be Kings in October, 2004 to popular acclaim. Bleak and darkly funny, Guirgis utilizes raw, expletive-charged language and often harrowing situations to present a realistic, unrepentant, yet humane look at people on the streets and universal struggle between dreams and reality. In Our Lady… the Houston Press declared, “Guirgis has conjured a world full of heartbreaking characters and low-down lyrical language that blazes so hot and wild it threatens to scorch your soul – that is if you don’t die laughing first.” Join us for another work by this immensely gifted playwright.

This play contains extensive profanity. Recommended for 18 and over.




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Artwork by Don Hammond Design


Director John  Neville-Andrews
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Liz Moore
Lighting Designer Jenn Gazdecki
Sound Designer Kathryn Edwards
Stage Manager

Casey Flowers



Sharif Nasr

Victor John Samela
Rooftop Corey W. Dorris
Father Lux Pat Rourke
Flip Jonathan Christopher
Gail John Jarboe
Norca Katie Johnston
Edwin McKean Scheu
Pinky Seth Moore
Marcia Brittany Connors
Inez Kelli C. Rasmus
Sonia Tiffany Williams

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower