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Kathleen Chalfant and Lucas Steele Set for Saint Vincent's Project

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present a workshop of Cusi Cram’s new play.

Kathleen Chlafant will lead the cast of St. Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital.
Kathleen Chalfant will lead the cast of Saint Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital.
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced a workshop production of Saint Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital (Workshop Production), presented in partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, NYC AIDS Memorial Board, the Stonewall Chorale, and St. John's in the Village. Written by Cusi Cram and directed by Daniella Topol, the production will run June 12-15 and June 17.

Saint Vincent's Project uses theater as a vehicle to remember, honor, and celebrate the life and impact of St. Vincent's Hospital. Guided by Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity, the piece theatrically explores the 161-year history of the hospital and is inspired by those who dedicated their life to care and those who were lost.

The cast will feature Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America) as Elizabeth Seton, along with Lucas Steele (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Kelly McAndrew (Men on Boats), Ken Barnett (Mozart in the Jungle), Mahira Kakkar, and Oscar A.L. Cabrera.

The work will begin with a prologue at St. John's in the Village and culminate with an epilogue, created in partnership with the Stonewall Chorale, in the streets of the West Village. The prologue and epilogue are created by architect Norman Scott Johnson, director and creator James Scruggs, choreographer Irving Amigon, composer and designer Serge Ossorguine, and Rattlestick directing fellow Kevin Hourigan.

Saint Vincent's Project will feature design by students of Brooklyn College as part of a new partnership between Brooklyn College and Rattlestick. The design team includes Wyatt Moniz (prop design), Karim Rivera Rosado (costume design, working in collaboration with professional costume designer Theresa Squire), and Yang Yu (set and lighting design, with professional sound designer Serge Ossorguine).