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

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

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 2The 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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  • Lucas Hnath

    Lucas Hnath Playwright

  • Les Waters

    Les Waters Director

  • Deirdre O'Connell

    Deirdre O'Connell Dana H.

  • 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

  • Tanya Palmer

    Tanya Palmer Dramaturg

  • Maggie Swing

    Maggie Swing Production Stage Manager

  • Steve Cuiffo

    Steve Cuiffo Illusion and Lip Sync Consultant

  • Steve Cosson

    Steve Cosson

  • Dana Higginbotham

    Dana Higginbotham

  • Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group

Recommended Reads
  • The New Yorker

    Lucas Hnath Lets Actors Fight It Out Onstage

    From The New Yorker's D.T.Max

    "The play was crucial to Hnath, and we had talked about it for almost two years. The Thin Place, with its motifs of magic and of maternal disappearance, felt like something that Hnath had to write in order to be able to complete Dana H.—what he calls 'the mother play.' He wouldn’t show me the script, because he was still figuring out 'what it wanted to be,' but he gave me some background. His mother had been asking him to write a play about her for a long time, he explained, and in 2016 he’d finally found a way to do so."



Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email

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

Season Lineup

2019/2020 Season

Join us for a season of visionary work featuring fresh and energetic voices—eight plays with the power to entertain, challenge and fearlessly reflect our world.

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