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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.

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DANA H.

Winter 2020

By Lucas Hnath
Adapted From Interviews With
Dana Higginbotham Conducted By Steve Cosson
Directed By Les Waters
Featuring Deirdre O’Connell
A co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group
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.

Deirdre O’Connell

Deirdre O’Connell (Dana H.) makes her Goodman Theatre debut. New York credits include Fulfillment Center (Drama Desk Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination), By the Water (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), Little Children Dream of God (Manhattan Theatre Club); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons – Drama Desk and Obie Awards), as well as work with Soho Rep, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater and New York Theater Workshop, among many others. Regional theater credits include In the Wake (Center Theatre Group – Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Los Angeles Ovation Award, Richard Seff Actors’ Equity Award) and seven seasons at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Film and television credits include DianeThe Boy DownstairsGabrielSynecdoche, NYEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindThe Affair and Nurse Jackie.

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Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath (Playwright) received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play with A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2. Hnath’s other plays include HILLARY AND CLINTON, THE THING PLACE, RED SPEEDO, THE CHRISTIANS, A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY, ISSAC'S EYE, and DEATH TAX. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre, Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have also been premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays, Victory Gardens, and South Coast Repertory. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and an alumnus of New Dramatists. Awards: Whiting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Kesselring Prize, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Obie Award for Playwriting, Steinberg Playwright Award, and the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize.

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Les Waters

LES WATERS (Director), an Obie Award winner, was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2012–2018, where he directed THE THIN PLACE, EVOCATION TO VISIBLE APPEARANCE, LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO, RECENT ALIEN ABDUCTIONS, MACBETH, FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY, THE GLORY OF THE WORLD, LUNA GALE, AT THE VANISHING POINT, THE CHRISTIANS, OUR TOWN, GNIT, GIRLFRIENDS, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and BIG LOVE. From 2003–2011, he served as Associate Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and regionally at theatres such as Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with IN THE NEXT ROOM, or THE VIBRATOR PLAY. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995–2003.

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