website photo - The Kingdom of Hell



by Pamela Gerke

directed by Jon Lutyens, music direction by Sam Peters

FOR TICKETS: See Schedule below for information about each date/venue

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"It was like watching 'Hamilton' about Florence Nightingale!" – Jacob N., age 12

“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 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 A. B., Ph.D, ARNP


Sponsored by Washington State Nurses Association and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

JANUARY 25, 7:30pm - Opening Night Celebration of Nurses' Unions! Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. #1600, Shoreline, WA 98133

Wear a Nurse's Cap from any era (can be a paper facsimile) and receive a PRIZE!

   TICKETS can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

JANUARY 26, 3pm Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre,       3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105;  sponsored by UW Network of Doctoral Students in Nursing & UW School of Nursing

   TICKETS are for School of Nursing students, faculty & staff, free of charge; donations to NeDS are appreciated. Advance tickets may be picked up in the School of Nursing office. On the day of show, tickets will be available at the box office at 2:45pm if the theater is not full.

Information: or Kristine Wright: 206-543-4336 or

JANUARY 31 & FEBRUARY 1, 7:30pm:  West of Lenin,       203 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103

   TICKETS can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

MARCH 29, 5:30pm:  Campbell's Resort, Lake Chelan, WA;  sponsored by Washington State Nurses Association, Union Leadership Conference

   TICKETS are for Conference attendees. To register:

APRIL 4, 7pmThe Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103; sponsored by King County Nurses Association

   TICKETS: $20. Register and pay online: by April 1, 2020.  Additional tickets available at the door if not sold out. Information: KCNA 206-545-0603 or

APRIL 11, 7pmTacoma Community College Auditorium, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466; sponsored by Pierce County Nurses Association & Tacoma Community College Nursing

   TICKETS: This performance is open to all nurses, students, faculty, and the general public, free of charge. Tickets are general seating and can be reserved at

Donations to the TCC Nursing Student Emergency Fund are appreciated: Click "Other," specify: Allied Health Program Fund in support of TCC Nursing Student Emergencies. Information: or PCNA: 253-572-7337 or

MAY 8 & 9, 7:30pm: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106                Sponsored by Washington Center for Nursing

MAY 10, 3:30pm: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

MAY 15 & 16, 7:30pm: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

   TICKETS for Youngstown performances can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

MAY 23, 7pm:  Mount Baker Theatre,104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225; sponsored by Bellingham Technical College School of Nursing, Student Nurse Organization

   TICKETS Will be available through the Mount Baker Theatre in early 2020. Information: Tom Carson, MSN, RN: 360-201-1680 or BTC Nursing Program:


Our first project is to Nurture the Nurturers by uplifting and empowering the Voice of Nursing with a musical about Florence Nightingale, one of the principle founders of the nursing profession.  Nightingale brings Florence Nightingale’s story to life with original music and scenes that make her image relevant for modern audiences, inspire nurses with a powerful role model, and dramatize a crucial part of nursing history.  Nightingale spoke truth to power, caught the old guard in the act of being obsolete, and thereby changed the world.  This musical reveals issues that continue to challenge modern nurses, such as hierarchy, sexism, and bureaucratic obstacles.

From its earliest roots, nursing has focused holistically on the patient, family and community.  Today we see the nursing profession leading the way in looking at the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health.  The contribution of nurses, however, is often minimized or dismissed, and nurses themselves suffer from burnout at an alarming rate. That’s why we at HEARTS feel it is so important to support and celebrate nurses and help raise the bar on the entire profession.

2020 is the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale, as well as the World Health Organization's Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  Our Nurture the Nurturers project began with the First Tour 2019 of Nightingale: A Musical, which included performances for nursing schools and organizations in the Seattle, Washington area.  The show continues with our Bicentennial Tour 2020!


Sponsors receive wide publicity, with your name and logo attached to all Tour promotions.  It's a great way to let the public know about your organization and that it supports nurses and the creation of health via the arts.  Sponsoring the Bicentennial Tour of Nightingale: A Musical helps organizations promote their programs, recruit new students or new nurses, cultivate donors, and sponsor educational or social events that expand and enrich their programs.

If your organization is interested in becoming a Sponsor, please contact HEARTS to receive more information: Contact Us


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