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Our Lady of 121st Street

Jesus Hopped the A Train; In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Faber & Faber

Stephen Adly Guirgis has been hailed as one of the most promising playwrights at work in America today. A masterful poet of the downtrodden, his plays portray life on New York's hardscrabble streets in a manner both tender and unflinching, while continually exploring the often startling gulf between who we are and how we perceive ourselves. Gathered in this volume is his current off-Broadway hit, Our Lady of 121st Street, a comic portrait of the graduates of a Harlem Catholic school reunited at the funeral of a beloved teacher, along with his two previous plays: the philosophical jailhouse drama Jesus Hopped the A Train and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, an Iceman Cometh for the Giuliani era that looks at the effect of Times Square's gentrification on its less desirable inhabitants.

Stephen Adly Guirgis has been hailed as one of the most promising playwrights at work in America today. A masterful poet of the downtrodden, his plays portray life on New York's hardscrabble streets in a manner both tender and unflinching, while continually exploring the often startling gulf between who we are and how we perceive ourselves. Gathered in this volume is his current off-Broadway hit, Our Lady of 121st Street, a comic portrait of the graduates of a Harlem Catholic school reunited at the funeral of a beloved teacher, along with his two previous plays: the philosophical jailhouse drama Jesus Hopped the A Train and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, an Iceman Cometh for the Giuliani era that looks at the effect of Times Square's gentrification on its less desirable inhabitants.

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Our Lady of 121st Street
OUR LADY OF 121st STREETOur Lady of 121st Street was originally produced by the LAByrinth Theater Company, Jinn S. Kim, John Gould Rubin, and Robin Framer at Center Stage, New York, on September 16, 2002. Subsequently produced at the Union Square Theatre by the LAByrinth Theater Company, John Gould Rubin, Ira Pittelman, Robyn Goodman, Ruth Hendel, and Daryl Roth on March 6, 2003. 
Both productions were directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; sets were designed by Marelle Sissions; costumes by Mimi O'Donnell; lights by James Vermeulen; and sound by Eric DeArmon. The
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Praise for Our Lady of 121st Street

"Guirgis already belongs on the list of accomplished young American playwrights that includes Suzan-Lori Parks and David Auburn." -Bruce Weber, The New York Times Magazine

"The best new play in a decade."-The New York Observer

"Guirgis has a hilarious, sympathetic, terrific ear . . . he heightens the rhythms of the street until there is a brilliant, buoyant cacophony." -Donald Lyons, New York Post

"An important new playwright has arrived." --The New Yorker
"Guirgis already belongs on the list of accomplished young American playwrights that includes Suzan-Lori Parks and David Auburn." -Bruce Weber, The New York Times Magazine

"The best new play in a decade."-The New York Observer

"Guirgis has a hilarious, sympathetic, terrific ear . . . he heightens the rhythms of the street until there is a brilliant, buoyant cacophony." -Donald Lyons, New York Post

"An important new playwright has arrived." --The New Yorker

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Stephen Adly Guirgis

  • Stephen Adley Guirgis is an actor and playwright. A member of the LABrynth Theater Company and the MCC Playwrights Coalition, Guirgis is the recipient of new play commissions from South Coast Repertory and The Manhattan Theatre Club. He lives in New York City.
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Our Lady of 121st Street

Jesus Hopped the A Train; In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings

Stephen Adly Guirgis

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