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 follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Anaïs Mitchell concept album, which was released in 2010, is the foundation of the brand new musical. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.  Directed by Tony Award nominated, Obie Award and Drama Desk Award winning, and Lucille Lortel nominated director, Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812).

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

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 will release the original live cast album on October 6, 2017. Hadestown had its Canadian debut at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in November 2017.  

Hadestown will play at London's National Theater starting November 2018 thru January 2018 and will move to Broadway in 2019.


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.  In 2019, the first production of Sisters-In-Law will be at Phoenix Theatre.  

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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