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DANA H.

  • Crow's Theatre Presents the Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Vineyard Theatre Production
  • Lucas Hnath
  • Les Waters
  • Mar 12 - Apr 14, 2024
  • Tickets start at $50
  • 75 minutes no intermission
  • Mainspace at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
  • Details
    CANADIAN PREMIERE

    The critically acclaimed and celebrated play DANA H. arrives at Crow's Theatre following a triumphant Broadway run and subsequent tour. This riveting, cutting-edge drama follows the harrowing true story of Dana Higginbotham, a chaplain in a psychiatric ward, who was abducted by one of the patients and held captive in a series of Florida motel rooms for five months.

    Her son, acclaimed playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2), has created a powerful drama for the stage with his mother's own voice and courageous words. The show's dialogue is audio culled from days of recorded interviews. Performed with precision by Jordan Baker, she lip-syncs every word, both channelling and paying tribute to Dana Higginbotham.

    Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, two Tony Awards (Best Performance, Best Sound Design), and The New York Times Critic’s Pick, DANA H. shatters conventions and delivers a chilling and unforgettable exploration of survival and storytelling.

    AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Dana H. contains sustained flashing lights, loud sound effects and includes dark themes and vivid descriptions of violence, sexualized violence, mental and physical abuse, and suicide.

    ABOVE: Trailer for DANA H. featuring the voice of Dana Higginbotham.

    REVIEWS
    Critic’s Pick 
    “A show that must be experienced."
     
    Four Stars (out of 4)
    “Must-see theatre.”
     
    “An explosion of theatrical form and craft."
    "Dana H. begs to be experienced live."
     
    NNNNN (out of 5) 
    “The inventive Dana H. stands on its own.”
     
     DIGITAL PROGRAMME

    DOWNLOAD THE HOUSE PROGRAMME 

    PERFORMANCE NOTES
    OFF-SITEDANA H. will be performed in the Mainspace at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street.

     
     
    IDEAS AT CROW'S THEATRE—Pre-Show Live Taping of CBC Radio's IDEAS
    "The Making and Unmaking of Violent Men" featuring Miglena Todorova:
    • Inspired by this show, Social Justice Education scholar Miglena Todorova explores the roots of patriarchy and violence against women.
    • PRE-SHOW: Sunday, March 24, 2024, 10:30AM
    • NOTE: Admission to the taping is free, but space is limited, and separate tickets are needed if you'll also be attending the show afterwards.
     
    Post-Show Talkback (in the Theatre):
    • Tuesday, April 2
     
    Mask Required Performances:
    • Sunday, March 17 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    • Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:30pm
    • Wednesday, March 27 @ 1:30pm
     
    “Brilliant! Explodes expectations at every turn.” The New York Times
    A harrowing story told with stunning subtlety.” The Washington Post


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  • The Team

    CAST

    • Jordan Baker - Dana H.

    CREATIVE

    • Lucas Hnath - Playwright
    • Les Waters - Director
    • Dana Higginbotham - Interviewee
    • Steve Cosson - Interviewer
    • Andrew Boyce - Scenic Designer
    • Janice Pytel - Costume Designer
    • Paul Toben - Lighting and Supertitle Designer
    • Emily Schmit - Associate Lighting & Supertitles Designer
    • Mikhail Fiksel - Sound Designer
    • Megumi Katayama - Associate Sound Designer
    • Steve Cuiffo - Illusion & Lip Sync Consultant
    • Paolo Santalucia - Assistant Director
    • Carly Beamish - Costume Coordinator / Head of Wardrobe
    • Lisa Nighswander - Head of Props
    • Anna R. Kaltenbach - Stage Manager
    • Stephanie Dilnot - Apprentice Stage Manager