Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents the world premiere of this communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine, and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. More…
From the show:
Novenas for a Lost Hospital is a communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. Inspired by the caretakers and patients of St. Vincent's Hospital, and guided by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, this unique event takes a 60-person audience on a journey from an enclosed garden to Rattlestick’s intimate West Village theater to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park.
Check-in times are at 6:30 and 7:00 at St John's in the Village (218 W 11th St.). Both check-in times will be united for the stage performance of the play; we are staggering our audience entrance times because of the unique nature of our prologue.
Notice: Put on your sneakers (or most comfortable pair of shoes) and leave your heavy bags at home because Novenas for a Lost Hospital is a mobile experience. Your experience will start either at 6:30 or at 7:00 based on your chosen entrance time. We will start at ST. JOHN'S IN THE VILLAGE (below our theater at 218 West 11th Street), then move up the stairs to our theater, then move back downstairs a few blocks away to visit the NYC AIDS Memorial. Due to the traveling nature of this production, we encourage you to let us know if you anticipate having any difficulty traveling with us.
See it if Fictional vignettes of life at St. V's hospital during the 1849 cholera epidemic & the AIDS crisis. Touching group walk to the AIDS memorial
Don't see it if The eulogy would be more meaningful to a longtime resident of the Village. Informative history, but mostly goopy nostalgia.
See it if Elegiac, immersive portrayal of the history of St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village; mourns loss of both hospital & village's spirit
Don't see it if Drama's tone veers between historical & fantastical often w/clumsy dialogue but it's open & vulnerable Strong cast led by Chalfant & Keith
See it if you enjoy moving between physical locations, miss St. Vincent's Hospital, recall the AIDS epidemic, learn about role St. John's in pt. care
Don't see it if don't want to recall Village life during AIDS, don't want to move between 3 locations, don't care about St. Vincent history or AIDS memorial
See it if Ingratiating to a bit of NY history. Insightful. Disappointingly, didn’t do walk due to weather.
Don't see it if No connection or interest in history of the Village, HIV, healthcare and St. Vincent’s.
See it if You have a connection to St. Vincents, to the AIDS epidemic, like experimental theater, or want to see a show that reaches beyond boundaries
Don't see it if You want a tidy plot line, a neat ending, a linear story, or just don’t like the subject matter. There was a lot to like, but incoherent.
See it if you're a fan of New York City's lost history. It's a moving show literally and figuratively as winds through time and the Village.
Don't see it if history plays or AIDS themes don't interest you. It could be trimmed by 20 mins but a strong cast make for a thoroughly enjoyable journey.
See it if You like an historical New York.story told in an unusual and creative way
Don't see it if You want to see a fast moving story on a proscenium stage.
See it if You want to learn some NY history, lost someone to AIDS, can be a patient listener, want a moving stroll to the AIDS memorial at the end
Don't see it if You want a traditional storyline. Play is overlong here and there. They count out 9 novenas one by one; by 4, we were checking our watches
See it if you're interested in the story of a hospital that was an integral part of the neighborhood addressing the cholera and AIDS crises. Loved it!
Don't see it if You prefer to sit in one place during a show. This show starts in one place, walks to the theater, and ends with another walk.
See it if you have any connection to the village, St. Vincent's, AIDS in the 80s/90s, alternative theater experiences. KC and rest of cast were great.
Don't see it if You don't want to change locations while experiencing theater event. If you can't connect to time travel/afterlife in theater.
See it if You enjoy history, and you'll learn a lot in this show. There's also a bit of walking in the show.
Don't see it if You don't like when figures from different time periods collide on stage together, or shows that get you moving.
See it if you want to experience an immersive show with some great acting and non-linear storytelling.
Don't see it if you don't like to move. This is an immersive show - it starts outside in the courtyard and then goes to the theatre and then back out again
See it if ...you are interested in the AIDS epidemic, unique forms of story-telling, and interactive theatre.
Don't see it if ...you want to be seated (audiences move locations) and if you want a traditional, linear play. It's at first a pretty confusing story!
See it if You are connected to: St. Vincent's Hospital, the west village, the history of HIV, queer community, medical community, or you are nostalgic
Don't see it if you have a short attention span
See it if you’d like to experience a sensitive evocation of the AIDS Plague that sets it in historical & contemporary political contexts.
Don't see it if even a sensitive evocation of the Plague Years would be too difficult for you to sit through.
See it if creatively moves across centuries 2 show Catholic hospital as sanctuary 4 healing; shows key clash religion/science; spurs audience particip
Don't see it if jumps around, no sustained, deep exploration of themes; use of humanitarians Mother Seton/Pierre Toussaint as major characters is contrived
See it if you are interested in the loss of a Village bulwark that brought care to thousands over 160 years only to be replaced by high-priced condos.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the history of New York City from the cholera epidemic of the 1840s to the AIDS crisis and onward.
See it if you're up for a sentimental, overlong, dramatically inert history lesson about St. Vincent's hospital. Tedious, but Chalfant is luminous.
Don't see it if you have little patience for touchy-feely audience participation, lack of narrative, or the AIDS era being given a romanticized once-over.
See it if you enjoy great acting, small stage productions, artful staging telling a heartfelt story about an amazing NY institution no longer.
Don't see it if you don't like small stage productions, don't want to have to think or feel while watching a beautiful play nor like non linear story lines.
See it if You’re troubled by changes in the city that make it less human & less humane. As a play it has some flaws but as a theater piece it’s great
Don't see it if You have mobility challenges and might be uncomfortable. There’s a lot of standing and walking about and the seats are punishing.