The two performances of the 2019-2020 off-Broadway shows to premiere on Broadway this fall. Tina Satter’s thriller Is This A Room will start preview on September 24th and will open on October 11th. Lucas Hnath’s solo exhibition Dana H. will start on October 1st and will open on October 17th. The two will perform at the Lyceum Theatre.
Replaying their role in the work of the Vineyard Theatre is Emily Davis (she made her Broadway debut) in this room as a real winner, the subject of a fierce FBI investigation. Dade O’Connell returns as Davis Na H., as Hnath’s mother when she tells about a terrible kidnapping experience. Both works are transcripts from real-life experiences. Satter will direct Is This A Room. Les Waters will be at the helm of Dana H., and Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, and Matt Ross will be the producers of the two shows. Additional casting for the previous and complete design team will be announced later.
The off-Broadway shows to premiere on Broadway are Is this A room and Dana H. After a brief premiere of The Kitchen in New York City, Is This A Room played Vineyard in the fall of 2019. It was followed by another performance. Satter and Davis won the Obie Award for the play. And it won the Drama Stage Award for its unique theatrical experience. Dana H.-also a winner of Obie and Drama Desk. It had previously planned to return to the Vineyard this fall (ticket holders and vineyard members will receive priority tickets for Broadway shows, details to be determined). The show is adapted from an interview with Dana Higginbotham by Steve Cosson. It made its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater of the Los Angeles Center Theater Group. And was subsequently produced at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.
A true story is still unfolding. June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner was surprised by the FBI’s interrogation at her home. She was subsequently accused of leaking evidence of Russian interference in the US election. The reality is still in prison and was sentenced to a record sentence. The FBI transcript of her interrogation is the core of “This Is A Room,” conceived and directed by Obi Award winner Tina Satter. In a complex and humorous reality (Emily David An extraordinary human drama unfolded with the agent who questioned her. As the autonomy of reality shrinks before her eyes, a thrilling real-life thriller appears, asking what it is to be honored at this American moment and how individuals can have a global response.
A heart-wrenching true story, Dana was captured for five months-trapped in a series of motels in Florida, lost and scared. Narrated in Dana’s own words and rebuilt on the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (Doll’s House Part 2, Christian), this innovative work breaks the boundaries of art forms and breaks our understanding of good and evil. With Deirdre O’Connell’s “Simply Surprising” performance (Time Out NY), he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Performance and Lotter and Obi Awards. Recommended for people over 16 years old to vividly describe violence.
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