The world premiere of Cusi Cram's Novenas for a Lost Hospital, a communal theatrical experience celebrating the life and legacy of the now-closed St. Vincent's Hospital, has found its cast Off-Broadway. The traveling production, helmed by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director Daniella Topol, takes a 60-person audience on a journey from an enclosed West Village garden to Rattlestick’s intimate theatre and the NYC AIDS Memorial Park.
Novenas will launch Rattlestick's 2019–2020 season, marking the theatre's 25th anniversary.
Joining the previously announced Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant (who reprises her performance as Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity from last year's workshop production) will be Ken Barnett, Goussy Celestin, Justin Genna, Steven Jeltsch, Alvin Keith, Shayne Lebron-Acevedo, Kelly McAndrew, Noriko Omichi, Rafael Sánchez, Laura Vogels, and Natalie Woolams-Torres.
Novenas runs September 5–October 13 with an opening night set for September 19.
The show will remember and celebrate St. Vincent’s Hospital, the 161-year-old Catholic institution and West Village landmark that treated victims of AIDS, as well as calamities from the sinking of the Titanic to September 11.
Novenas is presented in partnership with Village Preservation, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center, NYC AIDS Memorial Board, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, St. John’s in the Village, and Visual AIDS. Guy Lancaster is the dramaturg, Lannyl Stephens is attached as creative partner, and Edisa Weeks is the show's choreographer.
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