Soon these two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway plays will make the leap to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre and casting has just been revealed! 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, will play Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre 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’s 2019-2020 season.
Joining the previously announced Obie Award winner Emily Davis as Reality Winner in the cast of Is This A Room will 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.
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.
Previews for Is This A Room begin September 24, 2021, with an opening night scheduled for October 11, 2021.
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 the title role.
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.
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.
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.
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