Dana H.

By Lucas Hnath, Adapted from Interviews with Dana Higginbotham, Conducted by Steve Cosson, Directed by Les Waters

A WORLD PREMIERE (A Co-Production with Center Theatre Group): September 6 - October 6, 2019 in the 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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September 4, 2019: Lucas Hnath's "Dana H." Starts Performances September 6  
July 17, 2019: 
Casting Announced for Season Openers Dana H. and Bernhardt/Hamlet

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Dana H

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    From left, playwright Lucas Hnath and Dana Higginbotham during the party for the world premiere of “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on June 2, 2019, in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

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    From left, cast member Deirdre O’Connell and Dana Higginbotham during the curtain call for the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on June 2, 2019, in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

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    Deirdre O’Connell in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Directed by Les Waters, Dana H. is a co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group and appears at the Goodman, September 6 – October 6, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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    Deirdre O’Connell in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Directed by Les Waters, Dana H. is a co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group and appears at the Goodman, September 6 – October 6, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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    DanaH_Pro_05

    Deirdre O’Connell in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Directed by Les Waters, Dana H. is a co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group and appears at the Goodman, September 6 – October 6, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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    Deirdre O’Connell in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. Directed by Les Waters, Dana H. is a co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group and appears at the Goodman, September 6 – October 6, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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  • Lucas Hnath, Playwright
    Lucas Hnath, Playwright

    Lucas Hnath’s (Playwright) work as a playwright includes A Doll’s House, Part 2, Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye and Death Tax. His work has been produced nationally and internationally, including at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mark Taper Forum (“The Christians”), Steppenwolf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Royal Court Theatre, and on Broadway at the John Golden Theater. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a resident of New Dramatists. Hnath is a recipient of an Obie, Guggenheim Fellowship, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Whiting Award, Kesselring Prize, two Steinberg citations from the American Theatre Critics Association, and a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Play. At NYU, Hnath has previously served as a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program. Additionally, he has taught at Rutgers, University of Rochester and the Southampton Writers Conference.

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  • Les Waters, Director
    Les Waters, Director

    Les Waters (Director) is an Obie Award-winning director. His Goodman credits includes Big Love during the 2001/2002 Season.  From 2012 to 2018, he served as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he directed the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin PlaceThe Christians and other new works by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah Ruhl, Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy, Will Eno, Charles Mee, and Mark Schultz. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). In the last ten years, his productions have ranked among the year’s best in The New YorkerThe New York TimesTime MagazineThe GuardianTime Out New York, and USA Today. In New York, his productions have been seen at BAM, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage Theater, The Connelly Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep, The Public Theater, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.

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