Signature Theatre is now in rehearsals for its upcoming production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Our Lady of 121st Street under the direction of Phylicia Rashad, who is making her New York directorial debut. Performances run May 1-June 10 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for May 20. This will be the second production of Guirgis's Signature residency after last fall's production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train.
Joey Auzenne (House of Cards), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (The Amateurs), 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), and John Procaccino (Incident at Vichy) will star in the production.
The creative team includes Walt Spangler (scenic design), Alexis Forte (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Robert Kaplowitz (sound design), and Charles M. Turner III (stage manager), with casting by Caparelliotis Casting.
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's 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."