Dana H., the harrowing docudrama currently unspooling at the Vineyard Theatre, is a one-woman show performed by two women. As adapted by playwright Lucas Hnath, an audiotape featuring the writer’s mother is lip-synced by a riveting Deirdre O’Connell and together the intertwined ladies relate a tale that is as full of duality as the staging itself. It is both a monster story and a survivor’s... Read more
Dana H. will receive its Broadway premiere in fall 2021. Dana H. will be presented in a repertory season with Is This A Room at the Lyceum Theatre. Dana H. tickets are on sale soon.
The New York premiere of Lucas Hnath's Dana H., starring Deirde O'Connell was originally part of the 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season. Dana H. performances were suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man’s hands — trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified — for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath, this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)