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by Pamela Gerke

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Our First Tour 2019 of Nightingale, directed by Rachel Rene, ran for four performances at various venues in February and March.  The Tour was sponsored by the Washington State Nurses Association and produced in collaboration with Everett Community College, University of Washington Bothell, Women of Wisdom Foundation, and Admiral United Church of Christ.

Here's what some people had to say after seeing Nightingale :

“Last night I had the privilege of seeing a deeply engaging, beautifully acted and inspiring musical performance about Florence Nightingale….It is extremely instructive for our students and the young professionals of today about the role of power dynamics that serve as a gatekeeper in how nurses can make a difference in the health and lives of individuals, families and communities."

- Marie Annette B., Ph.D, ARNP

"It was like watching 'Hamilton' about Florence Nightingale!"

– Jacob N., age 12


As Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday approaches in 2020, HEARTS' theatrical troupe is preparing our next series of performances, in partnership with nursing schools and organizations:

January 24-25:  Shoreline Community College Nursing Program, Shoreline, WA

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1:  West of Lenin, Seattle, WA

March 29:  Washington State Nurses Association Leadership Conference, Lake Chelan, WA

April 4:  King County Nurses Association, The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA

May 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16:  Youngstown Cultural Center Theater, Seattle, WA

Plus more shows, TBA, at nursing schools and other organizations


We are currently inviting nursing schools and organizations to host performances on our Bicentennial Tour.  Host organizations can use performances of the musical as a springboard to celebrate their nursing and healthcare communities!

Nightingale shows can help organizations promote their programs, recruit new students or new nurses, cultivate donors, and sponsor educational or social events that expand and enrich their program.  Host organizations provide the venue, promotions, and ticket sales management.  Funding for each show comes about through a combination of ticket sales, grants, event funding, and individual donors.

If your organization is interested in becoming a Host Organization, please contact HEARTS: Contact Us


Nightingale brings Florence Nightingale’s story to life through original music and scenes of her life in a 2-act musical that re-frames and makes relevant her image for modern audiences.  She was a remarkable woman: strong, charismatic and deeply intelligent, a woman who spoke truth to power and who defied the status quo to follow her heart, thereby effecting significant change in healthcare and society.

Act I follows Nightingale through her 20’s as she struggles to understand her passionate nature and to follow her “call from God,” all the while chafing at the expectations placed on her by her wealthy British family and Victorian society.  In Act II, Nightingale supervises female nurses in the Crimean War where she creates order out of chaos, despite the horror of war and opposition from entrenched medical and military authorities.  By the end of the Crimean War she had become world famous and during the last fifty years of her life she worked for healthcare reform, the creation of nurse training and the profession of nursing, and much more.

PHOTO:  Florence and her nurses witness the horror of war in a Crimean army hospital.  On the left is newspaper correspondent William Howard Russell, telegraphing reports to The London Times about the incompetency of British Army command.  This photo is from the First Tour 2019 of "Nightingale," Seattle, WA.

Photo: © 2019 Joanne Murray