Two quick, truth-based performs that had acclaimed downtown runs simply earlier than the pandemic will make the leap to Broadway this fall with an uncommon three way partnership during which they are going to share a stage and alternate performances.
The performs are “Dana H.,” by Lucas Hnath, and “Is This a Room,” by Tina Satter. Each performs had Off Broadway runs on the nonprofit Winery Theater, and had been praised by New York Instances critics; each Ben Brantley and Jesse Inexperienced put “Is This a Room” on their listing of the perfect theater of 2019, and Inexperienced put “Dana H.” on the 2020 listing.
Each performs are uncommon experiments in documentary theater. In “Dana H.”, the actress Deirdre O’Connell uncannily lip-syncs audio recordings during which Hnath’s mom, Dana Higginbotham, recounts being kidnapped and held captive by a person she had sought to counsel; in “Is This a Room,” a solid led by Emily Davis enacts the transcript of an F.B.I. interrogation of Actuality Winner, a Nationwide Safety Company contractor prosecuted for leaking labeled data.
The performs had been each honored on the 2020 Obie Awards, the place O’Connell and Davis received awards for his or her performances. Additionally, Les Waters, the director of “Dana H.,” received an Obie for sustained excellence in course, and Satter received an award for the conception and course of “Is This a Room.”
The Broadway productions, once more starring O’Connell and Davis, will happen on the Lyceum Theater subsequent fall and winter; the schedule will differ, however every play will run for some performances most weeks.
“Is This a Room,” which was developed by Half Straddle and had an preliminary run on the Kitchen, is scheduled to start performances on Broadway Sept. 24 and to open Oct. 11. “Dana H.” was developed by the Civilians and Chicago’s Goodman Theater and had preliminary runs on the Middle Theater Group in Los Angeles and on the Goodman; it’s set to start Broadway performances Oct. 1 and open Oct. 17. The productions are deliberate to run till Jan. 16.
The performs are being produced by Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow and Matt Ross.