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IS THIS A ROOM and DANA H. Come to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre This Fall
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:59 am EDT 07/14/21

THE VINEYARD THEATRE PRODUCTION OF
IS THIS A ROOM
CONCEIVED & DIRECTED BY TINA SATTER
AND STARRING EMILY DAVIS

&

THE GOODMAN THEATRE, CENTER THEATRE GROUP AND VINEYARD THEATRE PRODUCTION OF
DANA H.
BY LUCAS HNATH
ADAPTED FROM INTERVIEWS WITH DANA HIGGINBOTHAM
INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY STEVE COSSON
DIRECTED BY LES WATERS
AND STARRING DEIRDRE O’CONNELL

WILL PLAY IN REPERTORY THIS FALL
AT BROADWAY’S LYCEUM THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN FOR IS THIS A ROOM ON
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

PREVIEWS BEGIN FOR DANA H. ON
OCTOBER 1, 2021

(July 14, 2021 – New York, NY) This fall, the Vineyard Theatre production of IS THIS A ROOM, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Tina Satter, and the Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre production of DANA H., by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, will come to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street, New York, NY), playing on a rotating schedule. The two plays were presented in succession as part of Vineyard Theatre’s 2019-2020 season. IS THIS A ROOM & DANA H. will be produced on Broadway by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow and Matt Ross.

Previews for IS THIS A ROOM begin September 24, 2021, with an opening night scheduled for October 11, 2021. Previews for DANA H. begin October 1, 2021, with an opening night scheduled for October 17, 2021. The two productions will play alternating performances for a 17-week engagement through January 16, 2022.

DANA H., which was interrupted by the shutdown, had previously been scheduled for a return engagement at Vineyard Theatre this fall. Vineyard members and ticket-buyers will have priority access to tickets for the play when it returns on Broadway. Details will be announced at a later date.

IS THIS A ROOM is the astonishingly true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force linguist who was surprised at her home by the FBI on June 3, 2017. The play’s text is taken from the FBI transcript of her interrogation – and from these pages, Tina Satter has wrought an extraordinary human drama between Reality (Emily Davis) and the agents who question her. In this theatrical thriller, Reality’s life is upended before our eyes, and we’re left questioning American values and the very nature of the truth.

Emily Davis will make her Broadway debut, reprising her award-winning role of Reality Winner, in a performance that Time Out New York described as one “of heart-wrenching rawness and lucidity.”

Additional casting and the full design team for IS THIS A ROOM will be announced shortly.

DANA H. tells the harrowing true story of a woman held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, playwright Lucas Hnath, this groundbreaking work shatters the boundaries of the art form and challenges our understanding of good and evil.

Deirdre O’Connell will return to Broadway in DANA H., reprising her Obie Award-winning performance that was hailed as “astounding” (The Wrap), “astonishing” (Time Out New York) and “truly mesmerizing” (The Daily Beast).

DANA H. is by Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2; The Christians), adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham, conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play). The full design team for DANA H. will be announced shortly.

Ticket on sale dates and additional details will be announced at a later date. Memberships to Vineyard Theatre are currently on sale vineyardtheatre.org and include first access and best prices to IS THIS A ROOM and DANA H..

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
TheLyceumPlays.com

INSTAGRAM:
@IsThisARoomBway
@DanaHBway

TWITTER:
@IsThisARoomBway
@DanaHBway


MORE ON IS THIS A ROOM:

Conceived as a play and directed by award-winning artist Tina Satter, IS THIS A ROOM premiered as a Half Straddle production at The Kitchen in New York City for a limited sold-out run in January 2019. It had its Off-Broadway premiere at Vineyard Theatre in October 2019, followed by a second acclaimed, sold-out Vineyard run, extended by popular demand.

The 2019 Off-Broadway production of IS THIS A ROOM was the recipient of two Obie citations, for Conception and Direction (Tina Satter) and Performance (Emily Davis). It won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and Emily Davis was the recipient of the Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. It was nominated for three additional Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Sound Design; an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design; and four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Actress in a Play and Outstanding Puppet Design.

“BEST OF 2019.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, TIME OUT NEW YORK, ARTFORUM

Critic’s Pick! “Is This A Room is remarkable! An extraordinary theatre work. A sharp, blindingly polished slice of theater verité….In a portrait of almost forensic detail, Davis delivers one of the most trenchantly observed performances of the year. You feel viscerally how Reality is always struggling to convey and to hold onto an illusion of normalcy, as if nothing were really wrong with this picture.”

– Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“FOUR STARS. Emily Davis gives a performance of heart-wrenching rawness and lucidity.”
– Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“I insist you see Is This A Room. One of my favorite pieces of performance ever. Emily Davis is electrifying.”
– Helen Shaw, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Surreal and poignant. Emily Davis is heart-breaking.”
– Elisabeth Vincentelli, THE NEW YORKER

“A remarkable new play…an agonizingly suspenseful, often mordantly funny
verbal scrimmage.”
– Rob Weinert-Kendt, AMERICA MAGAZINE




MORE ABOUT DANA H.:

The World Premiere of DANA H. was produced in 2019 by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, California (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Meghan Pressman, Managing Director/CEO; Douglas C. Baker, Producing Director) and Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Shulfer, Executive Director). DANA H. was first presented in New York in 2020 by Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director; Sarah Stern, Artistic Director; Suzanne Appel, Managing Director). DANA H. was originally commissioned and developed by The Civilians (New York, NY) and Goodman Theatre (Chicago, Illinois).

The 2020 Off-Broadway production of DANA H. was the recipient of three Obie citations, including the Obie Award for Performance (Deirdre O’Connell), Sustained Excellence in Direction (Les Waters) and Sound Design (Mikhail Fiksel). It was the winner of the Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and Outstanding Sound Design, as well as the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. It was nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Director; the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design; the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Solo Performance; and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance for Deirdre O’Connell and Outstanding Production of a Play.

“BEST OF 2020.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Dana H. is the real thing. Waters, Hnath and O’Connell have made something intensely theatrical that reaches devastating emotional heights.”
– Helen Shaw, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Brilliant! One of the richest, most complete works of theater to come along in many seasons. By its end, you realize that its singular power could be achieved only in real time, on a stage, with a live audience as its witness.”
– Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Dana H. is one of, if not the, must-see piece of theater in New York right now. You will regret missing it.”
– Casey Mink, BACKSTAGE

"The power of Hnath’s play is the dark alternate reality it creates. There’s not a word, not even a giggle or a sigh, that’s out of place in Deirdre O’Connell’s astounding performance.”
– Robert Hofler, THE WRAP

"A stunning play. Go see Dana H. for Deirdre O’Connell’s singular, truly mesmerizing performance.”
– Tim Teeman, THE DAILY BEAST

"FOUR STARS. O'Connell is simply astonishing."
– Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK
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