"Takes your breath away"

– Chicago Tribune 

Sept 6 - Oct 6, 2019 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 75 minutes with no intermission

“I want to be a part of the world again.” - Dana H.

Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward when she met—and was abducted by—a charismatic ex-convict searching for redemption. Based on a harrowing true story, told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath, this innovative new work "blurs the lines between documentary and drama" (The Hollywood Reporter).

Recommended for ages 16+ for dark themes and vivid descriptions of violence. 

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Critical Praise
  • "Take(s) your breath away...Like nothing you will have seen before"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Powerful and moving...An amazing story, and a riveting performance by O'Connell"

    - PerformInk

  • "Emotionally riveting...A performance I expect will long resonate with audiences"

    - Daily Herald

  • "A feat of theatrical wonder"

    - Newcity

  • "An experience for audiences which almost defies explanation"

    - Post-Tribune

  • "A highly recommended production that you will be talking about, and thinking about, for a long time after the applause subsides"

    - Chicago Splash Magazine

  • "It's a break the mold approach to theater"

    - Picture This Post

  • "A captivating captive odyssey"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

  • "A profound contribution to the theater"

    - Los Angeles Times

  • "Blurs the lines between documentary and drama"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

  • It "makes me want to see this fascinating 75-minute play a second time"

    - Los Angeles Times

  • "O'Connell delivers an uncanny performance, mouthing the pre-recorded words of Dana so convincingly they appear to be her own"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

Audience Response
  • It was nothing short of incredible

    Abby L. via Facebook

  • Dana H. is a powerful play. Captivating!

    Susan B. via Facebook

  • I count what Deidre O'Connell did as an absolute must-see. The play is an astonishing concept but even that paled in comparison to O'Connell's extraordinary, unforgettable performance.

    Suzanne T. via Facebook

  • Deirdre O'Connell is stunningly gorgeous to watch in this show. She pulls you in and makes you join her on this excruciating journey. She broke my heart and moved me with her honesty.

    Mary P. via Facebook

  • I'm going to be thinking about #DanaHPlay for the rest of my life. Everyone needs to know this woman's incredible story.

    Laura D. via Twitter

  • Still beyond shook from last night - #DanaHPlay was one of the most electrifying & riveting experiences I've witnessed in a theatre!

    Michael K. via Twitter

  • #DanaHPlay was one of the most compelling pieces of theatre—AND performances—I've ever seen. Deirdre O'Connell was astonishing and I'll forever be in awe of what she was able to accomplish.

    Ketzi G. via Twitter

  • Stop whatever you are doing an buy a ticket to see #DanaHPlay. Deirdre O'Connell is giving a mind-blowing performance at the Kirk Douglas. Lucas Hnath's play is a compelling, gripping piece of theater and should not be missed.

    Harlan D. via Twitter

  • I have never seen anything like DANA H. I am astounded and shaking. This show is terrifying and Deirdre O'Connell is brilliant.

    Drew D. via Facebook

  • Lucas Hnath

    Lucas Hnath Playwright

  • Les Waters

    Les Waters Director

  • Deirdre O'Connell

    Deirdre O'Connell Dana H.

  • Molly Bunder

    Molly Bunder Maid

  • Andrew Boyce

    Andrew Boyce Set Design

  • Janice Pytel

    Janice Pytel Costume Design

  • Paul Toben

    Paul Toben Lighting and Supertitle Design

  • Mikhail Fiksel

    Mikhail Fiksel Sound Design

  • Maggie Swing

    Maggie Swing Production Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

  • Tanya Palmer

    Tanya Palmer Dramaturg

  • Steve Cuiffo

    Steve Cuiffo Illusion and Lip Sync Consultant

  • Steve Cosson

    Steve Cosson

  • Dana Higginbotham

    Dana Higginbotham

  • Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group

  • Hutch Pimentel

    Hutch Pimentel Assistant Director

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine.



Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, September 29
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Saturday, October 5 at 2pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, October 6 at 2pm

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