The ensemble drama began its engagement Feb. 18 — following a transfer from the LAByrinth Theater Company production at Center Stage/NY — and officially opened March 6.
Set in the Ortiz Funeral home, the episodic play Our Lady of 121st Street follows the reunions — some good, some bad — of a group of old friends who return to their old neighborhood after the death of a nun.
The Off-Broadway run featured the acclaimed original LAByrinth cast including Elizabeth Canavan, Liza Colon-Zayas, Melissa Feldman, Mark Hammer, Ron Cephas Jones, Russell G. Jones, John Ortiz, Richard Petrocelli, Portia [sic], Al Roffe, Felix Solis and David Zayas.
The staging was originally announced to close June 29, but a swell of renewed interest prompted an extension to July 27. Episodic, funny and human, the play is expected to have a large life in American regional theatre.
The design team for Our Lady include Narelle Sissons (scenic), Mimi O'Donnell (costume), James Vermeulen (lighting) and Eric DeArmon (sound). Longtime LAByrinth patriot Guirgis also penned the critically-praised Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train also helmed by Hoffman. The play won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, moved to London's Donmar Warehouse and transferred to London's West End. Jesus was included in the Smith and Krauss anthology Best Plays of 2001. Guirgis' previous play, In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, was also produced by LAByrinth and directed by Hoffman.
Hoffman is best known as a stage and film actor ("Boogie Nights" and True West among his popular portrayals). He was nominated for his current turn on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. Hoffman serves as co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company with actor John Ortiz.
Our Lady of 121st Street played at the Union Square, located at 100 East 17th Street.