Lucas Hnath's Dana H. Opens on Broadway October 17 | Playbill

Broadway News Lucas Hnath's Dana H. Opens on Broadway October 17 Deirdre O’Connell returns to the title role—Hnath's mother—in the documentary play from the Tony-nominated writer.
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The Broadway premiere of Lucas Hnath's documentary play Dana H., starring Deirdre O'Connell, opens October 17 at the Lyceum Theatre. Previews began October 1.

The play details Hnath's mother's real-life kidnapping by a patient in the psych ward where she worked as a chaplain. The script is constructed from interviews with Dana Higginbotham, conducted by Steve Cosson, artistic director of the investigative theatre company The Civilians. Les Waters directs.

O’Connell will reprise her role as the title character, having originated the role at its Center Theatre Group premiere in 2019 as well as its Goodman Theatre and Vineyard Theatre runs. O'Connell has previously appeared on Broadway in The Front Page and Magic/Bird.

The play features scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Janice Pytel, lighting design by Paul Toben, audio editing and sound design by Obie winner Mikhail Fiksel, and illusion and lip sync consultation by Steve Cuiffo. Casting is by Taylor Williams.

Dana H. runs in rep with Is This A Room, Tina Satter's play about the FBI interrogation of whistle blower Reality Winner.

Dana H. is produced on Broadway by Matt Ross, Sally Horchow, Dori Berinstein, Elizabeth Armstrong, Jane Dubin, Horchow Family Productions, Thomas Kail, Corinne Nevinny & Victoria Nevinny, Plate Spinner Productions, Bill Prady, Rocco Productions, Craig Balsam, Randy Best, Diamond Dog Entertainment, Gould Family, David Lyons, Richard Phillips, Alan Seales, ZKM Media, and The Shubert Organization. Eric Emauni, Jacqueline Flores, Miranda Gohh, Naomi Horibe, Rob Laqui, Ayanna Prescod and Bria Woodyard are associate producers.

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