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 Times. Warner 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.
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.
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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