3 1/2 stars
Hayes nails all of the roles perfectly.  Young, old, female, male, she wonderfully fleshes out the prime players in this composite tale of 400 nurses on strike for 100 days.  The story is fascinating and superbly acted by Hayes, a marvelous acting talent, a dialection with that rare ability to look, walk and talk differently from minute to minute, a splendid actress.

                      Ted Hadley
                      The Buffalo News


Written and performed by Lisa Hayes

The celebrated off-Broadway play that takes you on an entertaining and unforgettable journey through a labor strike.

Fed up with forced overtime and unsafe conditions, the nurses of St. Mary's are walking out on strike!  Nursing moves from the bedside to the bargaining table and from the headlines to the picket lines in the highly acclaimed one-woman show Nurse!

Based on a real-life nurses' strike, Nurse! chronicles the evolution of a strike by revealing the thoughts and struggles of individual characters - nurses, family members, negotiators, and management.  Actress/playwright Lisa Hayes created the 75-minute show (she plays 11 different characters) using material gathered in oral history interviews with nurses.  The play opened off-Broadway in New York City on Nurses Day in 2003 (May 6) and had a successful limited run.  The play is now available for booking by theatres, presenters, labor unions, universities (departments of gender/women's studies, nursing, law, labor, American Studies) and other organizations.

For more information about booking Nurse!, contact :

Ted Manekin
Manekin Associates

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