Deirdre O'Connell in Dana H.

Dates set for Lucas Hnath's Dana H. at the Vineyard Theatre

The New York premiere of Dana H. is set to begin previews at the Vineyard Theatre on February 7, 2020.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Vineyard Theatre has now announced dates for the upcoming New York premiere of Dana H., written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson. The production will run from February 7 through March 15, 2020, with an official opening set for February 25.

As previously reported, stage & screen favorite Deirdre O'Connell will star in the New York premiere as Dana Higginbotham.

Deirdre O'Connell last appeared on the New York stage in Manhattan Theatre Club's 2017 production of Abe Koogler's Fulfillment Center and has appeared regularly Off-Broadway since 1982. She was last seen on Broadway in the 2012 premiere of Magic/Bird.

Synopsis: "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."

Under the direction of Les Waters and co-produced by the Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, the creative team has also now been announced and will feature scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Janice Pytel, lighting & supertitle design by Paul Toben, and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel.

The world premiere of Dana H. was staged at the Kirk Douglas Theatre at Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group in June 2019, which was followed by a Chicago production at The Goodman's Owen Theatre in September 2019.

Lucas Hnath's previous New York credits include Hillary and Clinton and A Doll's House, Part 2 on Broadway, Red Speedo at New York Theatre Workshop, and The Christians at Playwrights Horizons.

The Vineyard's 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season also includes Tina Satter's Is This a Room (which plays its final performance this Sunday, November 24) and Antoinette Nwandu's Tuvalu or, The Saddest Song in spring 2020.

(Photo courtesy of The Press Room NYC)


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