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October 25, 2007

Missing body keys action in drama school play

The UW School of Drama presents the Seattle premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street, which previews on Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 11 in the Meany Studio Theatre. The play will be directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton.

Sister Rose (Our Lady) was an Irish nun school teacher in Harlem, and a mean drunk, when she fell in the gutter and died. But she’d done so much selfless service and nurturing in her life that all the kids she ever taught remember her fondly and show up at the funeral home to pay their respects. The only thing is, somebody has stolen the body.

While waiting for the body to resurface, a riotous parade of motley characters — kids from a tough neighborhood — experience an unscheduled reunion as adults. The play received nominations from Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Preview seats are $8. Reservations are available through the UW Arts Ticket Office, 4001 University Way NE, 206-543-4880 and at http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrama.