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Phylicia Rashad to Make N.Y.C. Directorial Debut With Our Lady of 121st Street

She will replace Anne Kauffman in the upcoming Signature Theatre production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's play.

Phylicia Rashad will make her New York City directorial debut with Signature Theatre's upcoming production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Our Lady of 121st Street.
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Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will direct Signature Theatre's upcoming production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Our Lady of 121st Street, running May 1-June 10 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for May 20. Rashad replaces the previously announced Anne Kauffman, who has left the production because of scheduling conflicts. This production will mark Rashad's New York City directorial debut.

The play is described as follows: "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, Stephen Adly Guirgis' 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 and creative team will be announced later. This will be the second Stephen Adly Guirgis play Signature Theatre has produced this season after a recent revival of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. As its current Residency One playwright, the company will produce a new play of his in the 2018-19 season.

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