|Full Casting & Creative Teams Announced for IS THIS A ROOM and DANA H.|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:46 am EDT 09/13/21|
|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
BY LUCAS HNATH
ADAPTED FROM INTERVIEWSWITHDANA HIGGINBOTHAM
INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BYSTEVE COSSON
DIRECTED BYLES WATERS
AND STARRINGDEIRDRE O'CONNELL
PLAYING 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
New York, NY) Full casting and creative teams were announced today for the Broadway productions of Is This A Room, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Tina Satter; and Dana H., by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters,playing Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street, New York, NY) on a rotating schedule this fall. The Vineyard Theatre production of Is This A Room and the Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre production of Dana H. were presented in succession as part of Vineyard Theatre's2019-2020 season.
Joining the previously announcedObie Award winner Emily Davis as Reality Winnerin the cast ofIs This A Roomwill be Becca Blackwell ("Ramy") as Unknown Male, Will Cobbs ("For Life") as Agent Taylor and Pete Simpson (Gatz) as Agent Garrick. Duane Cooper (Solitary) and Katherine Romans (Men on Boats) will serve as understudies.
The production reunites the full design team from the Vineyard Theatre production, with scenic design by Parker Lutz (Ghost Rings), costume design by Enver Chakartash (Straight White Men), lighting design by Thomas Dunn (The Little Dog Laughed), sound design by Lee Kinney (Daddy) and Sanae Yamada (Vive la Void), original music by Yamada, and puppet design by Amanda Villalobos (Amélie). Broadway casting is by Taylor Williams.
Deirdre O'Connell will reprise her Obie Award-winning performance for the Broadway production of Dana H.Jordan Baker (Suddenly, Last Summer) will serve as Standby for "Dana H."
The production reunites the full creative team from the Vineyard Theatre production, with scenic design by Andrew Boyce (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development), costume design by Janice Pytel (Our Town), lighting design by Paul Toben (The Story of My Life), audio editing & sound design by Obie Award-winner Mikhail Fiksel (Cambodian Rock Band) and illusion & lip sync consultation by Steve Cuiffo (The Thin Place). Broadway casting is by Taylor Williams.
Is This A Room is the astonishingly true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force intelligence specialist 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.
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.
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).
Is This A Room and Dana H. will be produced on Broadway by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow, Matt Ross, Una Jackman & Jay Alix, Elizabeth Armstrong, Jane Dubin, Horchow Family Productions, Thomas Kail, Corinne Nevinny & Victoria Nevinny, Plate Spinner Productions, Bill Prady, Rocco Productions, Craig Balsam, Randy Best, Diamond Dog Entertainment, Gould Family, David Lyons, Richard Phillips, ZKM Media and The Shubert Organization. Ayanna Prescod is Associate Producer.
Tickets for Is This A Room and Dana H. are available through Telecharge.com and are on sale through Sunday January 16, 2022. Information regarding tickets for Vineyard Theatre Members is available at vineyardtheatre.org.
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.
The performance schedule for Is This A Room and Dana H. can be viewed at thelyceumplays.com.
Guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. The only exception will be for guests under the age of 12, or those who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Guests requesting an exemption must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance, or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance. Guests may present proof of vaccination or a negative test on paper or a smartphone. New York State residents, or anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State, may present proof through the use of the Excelsior Pass. Additional information on the vaccination requirement and safety protocols may be found at shubert.nyc/about-us/covid-19 .
Everyone in the theatre must wear acceptable face coverings at all times, including during the show, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. All face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. The Lyceum Theatre also meets or exceeds all current standards for COVID safety with regards to ventilation and the circulation of fresh air.
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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 Playand 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
- 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, THEDAILY BEAST
"FOUR STARS. O'Connell is simply astonishing."
- Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK
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