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Novenas for a Lost Hospital

First Preview: Sep 04, 2019

Opening Date: Sep 05, 2019

Closing Date: Oct 13, 2019

Running Time: 02:00

Novenas for a Lost Hospital Show Site Icon

Playing @

Rattlestick Theater

224 Waverly Place New York, NY 10014

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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 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.

Dramaturg Guy Lancaster writes, "St. Vincent's Hospital was started inside a rented house on East 13th Street in1849 during a cholera epidemic by four nuns from the Sisters of Charity. It was the first Catholic hospital in Manhattan. Survivors of disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and September 11 were treated at St. Vincent's after it moved to its eventual site on 7th Avenue in 1856. A devastating new plague, HIV/AIDS, would profoundly affect the institution and the surrounding neighborhood from the 1980s onwards as the hospital became a center for AIDS research and treatment. By the time St. Vincent's closed its doors on April 30, 2010, 3,500 employees had lost their jobs. The last Catholic hospital in Manhattan was replaced by a luxury condo development."
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 13

Show Notes

Show Notes: No Intermission

Audience Advisory:

SITE SPECIFIC - 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 at 7:00 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.

Performance Schedule:



Daniella Topol

Written by

Cusi Cram - with dramaturgy by Guy Lancaster

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

Listed atTKTS


Full-price tickets

$36 - $46



Box Office

The Box office is on the second floor.

Curb Ramps


Directions Bus

M8, M10, M11, M14


Located on the stage, and are inaccessible during the performance.

Directions Subway

1 to Christopher. Walk north on 7th Ave South, then northwest on Waverly Place to the theatre.


seats 95.






Building entrance is street level, but there is a long flight of stairs that leads up to the theatre.

Visual Assistance


Folding Armrests


Water Fountain


Assisted Listening System


Wheelchair Info

There is removable seating.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

1 to Christopher. Walk north on 7th Ave South, then northwest on Waverly Place to the theatre.

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By Bus:

M8, M10, M11, M14