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.
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By Laura Collins-Hughes of The New York Times
Interviews with Lucas Hnath and Deirdre O’Connell
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The New York Times Critic’s Pick
“BRILLIANT! ONE OF THE RICHEST, MOST COMPLETE WORKS OF THEATER TO COME ALONG IN MANY SEASONS.DEIRDRE O’CONNELL IS MARVELOUS.
Directed with virtuosic pace and shading by Les Waters. Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” is a one-woman drama that explodes expectations at every turn. By its end, you realize that its singular power could be achieved only in real time, on a stage, with a live audience as its witness.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Lucas Hnath’s DANA H. is the real thing.”
“Waters, Hnath and O’Connell have made something intensely theatrical that reaches devastating emotional heights.”
– Helen Shaw, New York Magazine
“O’Connell is simply astonishing.”
– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“Heart-Pounding. 75 Gripping Minutes.”
“Lucas Hnaths’ true-crime docudrama is a fascinating look at an American underworld most theatergoers will never see firsthand.A perfect companion piece to The Vineyard’s earlier triumph, Is This A Room.”
– Zachary Stewart, Theatermania
“The power of Hnath’s play is the dark alternate reality it creates. There’s not a word, not even a giggle or a sigh, that’s out of place in Deirdre O’Connell’s astounding performance.”
– Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“A Stunning Play.”
“Go see Dana H. for Deirdre O’Connell’s singular, truly mesmerizing performance.”
– Tim Teeman, Daily Beast
“A Theatrical Explosion Not to be missed!”
“O’Connell’s performance is nothing less than a powerful and unprecedented work of art.”
– Steven Suskin, New York Stage Review
“Deirdre O’Connell delivers a tour-de-force performance.”
– Deb Miller, DC Metro Arts
“AN ARRESTING AND ASTONISHING ACHIEVEMENT.”
“It is unlike any play I’ve seen in a lifetime of theatergoing.”
– Ron Fassler, Theater Pizzazz
““DANA H. IS ONE OF IF NOT THE MUST-SEE PIECE OF THEATER IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW.”
“You will regret missing it.”
– Casey Mink, Backstage
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)