Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre Adds Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. to 2020 Season

Off-Broadway News   Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre Adds Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. to 2020 Season
Deirdre O’Connell will star in the new play, which recounts the true story of Hnath’s mother’s harrowing kidnapping.
Lucas Hnath Marc J. Franklin

The Vineyard Theatre has added the Off-Broadway premiere of Dana H. to its 2019–2020 lineup. Slated for a winter production, the new play by Tony-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath details his mother's kidnapping by a patient in the psych ward where she worked as a chaplain.

Dana H. is adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters. The Vineyard production will star Deirdre O’Connell in the title role, with performance dates to be announced.

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In Dana H., the words of Higginbotham are reconstructed for the stage by her playwright son. The play recounts the true story of how she was held captive for her life, trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified, for five months.

Dana H. had its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles in June and will next be seen at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The play joins a Vineyard season lineup that includes the previously announced Tina Satter's Is This A Room and Antoinette Nwandu's Tuvalu Or, The Saddest Song.

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