Opens Sep 19 | 2h 30m | West Village

Novenas for a Lost Hospital

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

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.

2h 30m | Opens Sep 19 | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (8)


Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious
Avg Score

During previews
Political, Sad, Communal, Hopeful, Handsome

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.

Also In my Show-Score bio I mention my deep involvement with the AIDS activ... Read more Read less

During previews
Creative evocation of life & death of st. vincent's hospital, foremost nyc aids treatment center; doesn't always hang together

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

Also Spoiler alert: Experience takes place in 3 parts, in 3 different place... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

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.

Also It is a multimedia environmental piece that moves from the courtyard o... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You mourn the destruction of important NYC institutions & want to remember their contributions. Wonderful Kathleen Chalfant stars!

Don't see it if You applaud development, don’t care about the past.

During previews
Sentimental, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

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.

During previews
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
Important, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

Also Telling the story of cholera and AIDS through those who cared for pati... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like thought provoking plays. Something different in the presentation - 3 locations. Plays with a message

Don't see it if You don’t like to climb a set of stairs.

“Novenas for a Lost Hospital” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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