Jane Eyre

80 Minutes 25 Characters 1 Actress
Adapted and Performed by Lisa Hayes

Nurse! Written and Performed by Lisa Hayes

Nurse Poster

About the Play

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 this highly acclaimed one-woman show. The play chronicles the evolution of a strike by revealing the thoughts and struggles of individual characters - nurses, family members, negotiators, and management. 

Lisa Hayes developed the play from interviews with nurses and other key players in a strike by New York State Nurses Association nurses and an organizing campaign by nurses in Buffalo. In addition to a limited run off-Broadway, the play has been performed at theaters and conferences from Istanbul, Turkey to Cody, Wyoming.


Ted Hadley

The Buffalo News

“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.”    

Lorraine Seidel

New York State Nurses Association

“Lisa Hayes effectively conveys the mission, struggles, and heroism of Registered Nurses everywhere.”


Booking the play

Nurse! can be performed in a variety of venues, from theaters to meeting halls and conference rooms. To inquire about fees and availability, Contact: Ted Manekin tmanekin@pobox.com