"A profound contribution to the theater"
– Los Angeles Times

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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Critical Praise
  • "A captivating captive odyssey"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

  • "I suspect it will not leave my mind for some time"

    - Onstage and Screen

  • "A profound contribution to the theater"

    - Los Angeles Times

  • "A marriage of truth and art"

    - Onstage and Screen

  • A "sly referendum on how we process a survivor's story"

    - 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

  • "O'Connell is one of the underrecognized great talents in the American theater"

    - Los Angeles Times

Audience Response
  • It was riveting and Deirdre O'Connell was amazing.

    Lucky P. via Facebook

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

See All Accessibility Information for Dana H.

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2019/2020 Season

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