Theatrical Productions



Dale started her career as an Opera Singer traveling all around the world. This is where her love for theatrical productions began. Dale loves assisting in developing new theatrical productions from the ground up or taking on a project to help it soar to success!





Hadestown is the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) that reimagines 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.

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 is a New York Times best selling book that combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring the lives of Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told by Linda Hirshman, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.  

As a co-producer with her husband, Don Franzen, and Elizabeth Weber, they are developing this story into a staged production.  Initially commissioned by Pasadena Playhouse with Jonathan Shapiro as the playwright, the first staged reading was in January 2018 at Pasadena Playhouse with Helen Hunt reading for Sandra Day O’Connor.  Sisters-In-Law had it’s first production at Phoenix Theatre.  In September 2019, Sisters-In-Law will have it’s Los Angeles debut at The Wallis.

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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
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
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
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