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 (A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2, THE CHRISTIANS), “one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years” (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.
Recommended for ages 16+ for vivid descriptions of violence.
By Laura Collins-Hughes of The New York Times
Interviews with Lucas Hnath and Deirdre O’Connell
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Best Theater of 2019
Winner of two LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards
Best Playwriting for an original play (Lucas Hnath)
Best lead actress in a play (Deirdre O’Connell)
“A gripping premiere. Blurs the lines between documentary and drama.”
Dana H. is a gripping drama. Deirdre O’Connell delivers an uncanny, stirring performance.”
– Hollywood Reporter
“Dana H. is truly like nothing you have seen before.”
– Chicago Tribune
“Mr. Hnath is one of the brightest voices.”
– The New York Times
“A profound contribution to the theater.”
– Los Angeles Times