TONY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - PUBLIC SPEAKER - EDUCATOR

Theatrical Productions

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THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

 

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

HADESTOWN


HADESTOWN’S STORY

Hadestown is an 8-time Tony Award winning musical that is currently playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Hadestown is new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and Tony Award winning director Rachel Chavkin that re-imagines a sweeping ancient tale as a timeless allegory for our world. Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife, Persephone - as it invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Hadestown was originally developed with funding from The Broad Stage under the supervision of Dale Franzen and Mara Isaacs/Octopus Theatricals.  The project was further developed in collaboration with The Broad Stage through NYTW’s Artist Workshop programming, including the annual Usual Suspects Summer Residency at Dartmouth College and the Larson Lab Studio. Hadestown is a winner of a Richard Rodgers Production Award, and completed an acclaimed and extended Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. 

Hadestown off-Broadway run played to sold-out houses and the run was extended twice. Hadestown had reviews saying, “Hadestown will be your next musical theater obsession” by Vogue and “Inventive. Beguiling. Luminous. Spellbinding.” by The New York TimesWarner Music Group in collaboration with Ghostlight Records released the original live cast album on October 6, 2017. Hadestown had its Canadian debut at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in November 2017.  Hadestown hopped the pond to London's National Theater in November 2018. In late 2018, Hadestown announced it’s return to New York, but this time on Broadway. Hadestown started previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22 and opened on Broadway on April 17, 2019.

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Dale has lovingly challenged me to do my best work for years now. Her passion and follow-through are contagious!
— Anais Mitchell, Singer-Songwriter, Composer of Hadestown

SISTERS-IN-LAW

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Sisters-in-Law is a play based on the New York Times best selling book that features the relationship between two polar opposites and modern day legends, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, Sisters in Law celebrates a friendship transcending party, religion and culture. Sisters in Lawis the true story that explores the inexplicable bond between the U.S. Supreme Court’s first two female justices as they grapple with matters of national law and personal belief.  

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Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on the Supreme Court, and new colleague, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, battle over a case that exposes their deepest conflicts and what it means to “do justice.”Raised to rope and ride on the Lazy-B Ranch, appointed by President Reagan, O’Connor is a charismatic, extroverted former Arizona State Senator, fond of compromise. Appointed by President Clinton, Ginsburg is the “Mother of the Feminist Movement,” an introverted New York intellectual and former director of the ACLU’s litigation strategy, eager to achieve gender equality as soon as possible. Almost immediately, the women are confronted by a case that lays bare their most deeply held personal and political beliefs, pitting them against one another in a battle over the future of the Court, the soul of the country, and the meaning of “doing justice.” Raising timely questions of how we can resolve our deepest differences, Sisters-in-Law has been reviewed as “fast-paced, funny and fascinating,” “brilliantly written," and “a quiet triumph.”

Initially commissioned by Pasadena Playhouse with Jonathan Shapiro as the playwright, the first reading was in January 2018 at Pasadena Playhouse with Helen Hunt reading for Sandra Day O’Connor. In September 2019, Sisters-In-Law will have it’s Los Angeles debut at The Wallis. Dale is a lead producer with Elizabeth Weber, Don Franzen, and The Wallis.


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Dale Franzen is the real deal. She is passionate, smart, funny and pragmatic. Dale has that rare and glorious combination of great taste, great ideals and great determination. She is a gift to artists and all of us who love the arts.
— Tom Kirdahy, Tony Award Winning Producer
Dale Franzen is a total inspiration to me. Ever on the lookout for fresh perspectives, possibilities and ideas, her positive, boundless energy and enthusiasm are a rallying cry for creative action. She makes me want to explore, discover and work harder - and she is the brightest light in any room: a beautiful, kind, loving person who is also a diligent, uncompromising professional. Can I be just like her if I ever grow up, please?
— Jake Heggie, Composer
Dale is the very best colleague and collaborator to work with - passionate, talented, dedicated and a joy to spend time with.
— Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director, Theatre by the Lake, UK
If you were to place in a box the following words: creativity, charm, integrity, loyalty, consensus builder, flexibility, doer, team builder... you would have Dale Franzen.
— Piedad Robertson, Former President of Santa Monica College
From the day we met, in 2008, Dale has been an unflagging source of encouragement, support, and inspiration for me. Her profound belief in the power of the arts seems to inform every part of her. She is the rare example of an artist/producer who not only leads from the heart, but truly leads.
— Steven Sater, Tony and Grammy and Olivier Award-Winning Writer